Tuesday, 6 March 2007
"Gambling is a destitute public policy"
Adelaide's only Casino, located in our historic Railway Station building, provides some 70 gaming tables and 950 gaming machines. The Casino opened in 1985 and was owned by the South Australian government until June 2000, when it was sold to private operators.
In the first year of their introduction, South Australians lost a total of 185.4 million dollars to gaming machines. Of that figure the South Australian Government collected 62.5 million dollars in gaming machine taxation.
This was once a proud and busy railway station. Today, with 23,000 problem gamblers in this state, each problem gambler affects the lives of 7 others: 180,000 South Australians directly affected by the pokies bug.