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Monday, 14 September 2009
Page: 9556

Debate resumed, on motion by Mr Champion:

That the House:

(1)   notes with concern that the incidence of problem gambling has increased since the introduction of electronic gaming machines in communities around Australia, particularly due to the design and structural features of the electronic gaming machines;

(2)   recognises that the current legislation and regulation of electronic gaming machines do not provide adequate protection to consumers;

(3)   notes with deep concern that the availability of treatment services for problem gamblers is inadequate;

(4)   acknowledges that problem gambling associated with the use of electronic gaming machines causes financial and emotional damage to individual gamblers and their families; and

(5)   calls upon State governments and the gambling industry to work together to limit the harm caused to problem gamblers from electronic gaming machines.