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Notice given 29 March 2001

883  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes, with concern, the rapid expansion of problem gambling in Australia, with 300 000 people severely affected and up to 1 million family members, friends and workmates affected by this social scourge;

(b) condemns the New South Wales State Government, and other state governments, for exacerbating this disturbing trend by expanding gambling outlets in their states over the past 5 years;

(c) congratulates the Howard Government for heading off the next quantum leap in problem gambling by the courageous decision to bar online gambling in Australia; and

(d) calls on all opposition parties in the Federal Parliament to back this legislation and thereby restrain the rise in the ‘social misery index’ for some of the most vulnerable members of Australian society.