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Australian Accountants to Help Problem Gamblers

International News Brief: The joint initiative between practising accountants' society CPA Australia and the Victorian Government to raise awareness in the workplace about problem gambling, was launched in Melbourne today.

Aristocrat Leisure Rating Raised

International News Brief: Standard & Poor's has raised its corporate credit rating on Australia's Aristocrat Leisure Ltd to BB, from BB-minus.

TABCORP Raises Savings Target

International News Brief: TABCORP chief Matthew Slatter has raised the savings target likely to be made from bringing Jupiters casino into the fold.

Australian States to Ban Smoking in Pubs

International News Brief: Victoria and New South Wales, Australia's two most populous states, plan to ban smoking in pubs and other licensed premises by July 1 2007.

Bookie Calls for Australian Racing Minister's Resignation

International News Brief: Australian bookmaker Michael Eskander has called for the resignation of Racing Minister John Pandazopoulos and associated betting officials.

High Rollers' Habits Exposed in Book

International News Brief: Australia’s richest man, Kerry Packer, has been dubbed the ‘Prince of Whales’ in a new tell-all book on the world's leading casino high rollers.

Australian Gambling Initiative Gains Support

International News Brief: The Salvation Army has congratulated the Northern Territory Government for establishing a gambling reference group.

Gambler Denies Murder

International News Brief: Matthew Joseph Marks has pleaded not guilty to bludgeoning his great aunt.

Australia's Racing Industry Want Online Betting Ban

International News Brief: Australia's horse racing industry has called for a ban on a new style of online betting, saying it encourages fraud, in a move intended to thwart a bid for a gaming licence by British internet betting firm Betfair.

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.

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