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AHA calls on toy pokies to be banned



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A U S T R A L I A N H O T E L S A S S O C I A T I O N

24 Brisbane Avenue Barton ACT 2600 · PO Box 4286 Manuka ACT 2603 · Australia email: theaha@ozemail.com.au · Facsimile: (02) 6273 4011 · Telephone (02) 6273 4007

Richard J Mulcahy National Executive Director

MEDIA RELEASE

12 March 1999

AHA Calls On Toy Pokies To Be Banned

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The Australian Hotels Association today joined the chorus of criticism over the stocking of toy gaming machines that accept coins and dispense lollies.

"The hotel industry works tirelessly to promote responsible gaming practices and toys such as these should not be available to young children," Mr Richard Mulcahy, National Executive Director of the Australian Hotels Association said today.

"Gaming is designed to be a form of entertainment for adults and should not be promoted to minors.

"The hotel industry throughout Australia has implemented a range of responsible gaming initiatives such as self-exclusion programs, educational campaigns, gambling help lines and a range of other activities designed to educate the public about the gaming industry.

"Children are incapable of fully grasping the concept of odds and should not be taught, through the use of lolly poker machines, that the chances of gaining reward when using gaming machines is 100%.

"The AHA supports the call for the lolly machines to be taken off the shelves.

"The stocking of such a product designed for young children is irresponsible and ill-advised," Mr Mulcahy said.

Media Inquiries: Mr Daniel Leesonq, Public Affairs Manager, Ph 02 6273 4007, 0417 253 753.