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Gambling Addicted Sentenced for Three Years

International News Brief: A Melbourne gambling addict who managed to exploit a banking loophole has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Australian Bookies Warned

International News Brief: Australia’s Opposition Leader Mark Latham today warned bookies they may be the ones losing their shirts in the next election.

Australian Premiers Admit Pokie Decision was Wrong

International News Brief: Former Liberal premier Jeff Kennett and former Labor premier Joan Kirner, who were responsible for the roll-out of poker machines in Victoria, now believe they almost certainly should have restricted the machines to Crown Casino only.

Australian MP Seeks Heroin Cure for Gambling Addicts

International News Brief: No Pokies MP Nick Xenophon says problem gamblers should be given the same drug that is used to cure heroin addicts.

Casinos Keep Packer Family in Black

International News Brief: The Packer family's private company paid dividends of $40 million in 2002-03, despite net profits from its wide-ranging investment portfolio dropping $51.3 million to $19.3 million.

Australian Premier Calls for Smoke Ban

International News Brief: Queensland Premier Peter Beattie called today for a national ban on smoking in casino high-roller rooms.

Accused Crime Boss Bets Up Big

News Brief: Alleged crime figure Mario Condello is on a secret list of Crown casino's biggest gamblers - punting at least $7.5 million a year.

Exec Gets Eight Years for $1m Theft

International News Brief: A former senior executive with power company TXU was jailed today for eight years for stealing more than $1 million to satisfy a crippling gambling obsession.

Jail and Casino Escape Aussie Smoking Ban

International News Brief: Smokers will be banned from all Queensland pubs, clubs and outdoor eateries from mid-2006 under the nation's toughest anti-smoking laws, but high-roller gamblers and prisoners will be exempt from the restrictions.

Labor Coalition Favored to Win Australian Elections

International News Brief: Gerard Daffy, form analyst for Centrebet, says the Labor party had firmed as favorites to win the federal elections.

Luck Runs Out for Gambler

News Brief: An Adelaide court has heard that millionaire Allan Scott wants his former accountant Dennis Craig Telford suitably punished for stealing $22 million.

Australian Bookie Forced to Pay Russian Mafia

International News Brief: An Australian bookmaker has paid tens of thousands of dollars to the Russian mafia to stop them ruining his business.

Australian Counselors Welcome Problem Gambler Ban

International News Brief: Counselors have welcomed the Queensland Government's move to ban problem gamblers from venues for up to a year.

South Australian Opposition Concerned About Pokie Numbers

International News Brief: The South Australian Opposition is calling for the release of a regional impact statement on poker machine numbers, saying the issue shows the Government is paying lip service to country areas.

Report: Australian Casinos Leave Positive Economic Impact

International News Brief: The URS Casino Industry Economic Report released by the Australian Casino Association has found that in 2002/03 the casino industry generated AUD$8.6 billion in output.

Packer to Head Burswood Casino

International News Brief: Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd. executive chairman James Packer is to head the board of their new purchase casino operator Burswood.

Australian Casino Sued by Power Company

International News Brief: An energy company may sue Melbourne's Crown Casino to recover AUD$800,000 gambled away by a high-rolling former manager, a court heard today.

Man Stole Millions for Gambling Habit

International News Brief: A company secretary who stole more than AUD$22 million from his boss to feed a gambling habit today pleaded guilty to 63 counts of fraud.

Internet Gambling Operator Hits Hurdle

International News Brief: When two Australian Federal Police officers knocked on Mark Davies's door in April, the former stockbroker wondered what he had done wrong.

Australian Study Looks at Problem Gambling Help

International News Brief: A study has begun on the help available in Canberra for problem gamblers and whether it is appropriate.

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