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Gambling – a health issue, or a gaming issue?

The Coalition has annouced plans to cut back on recommended and legislated gambling reforms, allowing the industry to move more into self-regulation.One of the reforms to go is mandatory pre-commitment on pokie machines, a device used by 43% of problem gamblers. Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews, believes the states gaming departments are in a better position to deal with this problem. But if families facing hardship due to problem gambler in the house need social services, whose responsiblity is it?Rupert Hiskens joined us to discuss.

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