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Old 30th December 2005
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Exclamation Problem Gambling - Australia's $900,000 definition !

We seem to be stuck in Australia on the subject of problem gambling. Perhaps in part because the country is presently releasing the most research and reports on the topic.

The latest one off the press was commissioned by the Ministerial Council on Gambling and is 200 pages long. It took 5 years to complete at a cost of A$900,000.
http://www.gamblingresearch.org.au

The pièce de résistance appears to be that Australia now has an official 28 word definition for problem gambling.

Here it is... 5 years in the making and also requiring state and federal government agreement ... a drum roll please !


"problem gambling is characterised by difficulties in limiting money and/or time spent on gambling which leads to adverse consequences for the gambler, others or for the community."


Wow. One wonders how many desks the definition crossed, modifications it went through and how many times it had to be revised as ministers agonised over the wording.

The Australian Daily Telegragh has the full story...

Gaming report attacked
http://dailytelegraph.news.com.au/st...001022,00.html



A$900,000 for 200 pages and a wishy washy definition. Are we in the wrong part of the business or what !


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