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Attorney: Violence Lead to Gambling Habit

International News Brief: An Australian bank employee’s attorney says post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of being the victim of a robbery and violence led his client to steal and gamble away more than $1 million.

Packer Deal Won't Change Slot Rules

International News Brief: The Western Australian Government says poker machines will not be introduced to Burswood Casino, despite its imminent takeover by the Packer family's Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.

Australian Racing Board Fights Betting Exchanges

International News Brief: The Australian Racing Board adopted a strategy at its meeting on Tuesday to fight an influx of betting exchanges on the Australian racing industry.

Packer Moves in on Burswood

International News Brief: Kerry Packer's Publishing and Broadcasting Limited has moved closer to achieving full control of Perth's Burswood casino.

Tasmania Casino Workers Join Campaign

International News Brief: More than 800 Tasmanian casino workers took part in a campaign of industrial action that returned nine percent wage rises, this week.

Australian Watchdog Sued Over Death

International News Brief: New South Wales’ casino watchdog has lost its bid to avert legal action brought by the family of a man who died at Sydney's Star City Casino after he was restrained by bouncers.

Australian Government Dismisses Conspiracy Theory

International News Brief: The Federal Government says alleged links with Kerry Packer's company Publishing and Broadcasting Limited were not behind its decision to block the Christmas Island casino licence.

Islanders Angry Over Casino Ban

News Brief: Christmas Islanders are enraged over Federal Government minister Ian Campbell’s decision to prohibit operations on the remote island.

Sports Bodies Stand to Reap Bets Windfall

International News Brief: Key sporting bodies stand to collect a multi-million-dollar annual windfall under plans to demand license fees from bookmakers and betting outlets who gamble on their sports.

Tabcorp Extends Offer Period

International News Brief: Gambling conglomerate Tabcorp Holdings Ltd has further extended the offer period of its takeover bid for NSW-based Tab Ltd to allow the last remaining Tab shareholders to accept the proposal.

Victoria's Gamblers' Losses Down Again

International News Brief: Victoria’s poker machine gamblers loss has dipped for the second year in a row since the introduction of gaming-room smoking bans in 2002.

Gambler Gets 16 Years for Robberies

International News Brief: A pathological gambler who robbed 13 Adelaide businesses in six months to feed his habit, has been jailed for 16 years.

Australian Banks May Limit Cash Available to Gamblers

International News Brief: Banks will be forced to limit cash available at gambling venues under a Federal Opposition proposal to tackle problem gambling.

Tabcorp Bid Gets Backing

International News Brief: Victorian gaming giant Tabcorp Holdings Ltd has now ticked over 90 per cent of acceptances from Tab Ltd shareholders for its takeover bid, triggering the compulsory acquisition of Tab's remaining shares.

Centrelink to Play Key Role in Problem Gambling Program

International News Brief: Australia’s Federal Opposition wants Centrelink to take a key role in helping those who cannot control their gambling.

Rugby League, Betfair to Discuss Future Projects

International News Brief: Australia's National Rugby League boss David Gallop will meet with Betfair next week in an effort to explore a possible new revenue stream for the NRL.

PBL Closer to Casino Ownership

International News Brief: The Packer family's Publishing and Broadcasting Limited has edged one step closer to a successful takeover bid for Western Australia's Burswood casino.

Packer Piles Pressure onto Burswood

International News Brief: Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd has continued to pile the pressure on takeover target Burswood, outlining new conditions for any extension of its offer as it creeps closer to gaining control of the West Australian casino operator.

Betting Agency Told to Pay Extortionists

International News Brief: Centre Racing’s proprietor Terry Lillis was told by the police to pay extortionists who were threatening to close down his online betting agency if he didn’t pay them $20,000.

Former Australian Officials Faces Further Gambling Probe

International News Brief: Aboriginal leaders have called for a further investigation of the gambling habits of former ATSIC deputy chairman ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson following the disclosure that he had turned over almost $5 million at Queensland casinos.

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