» Xenophon Scoffs at New Problem Gambling Research
Xenophon Scoffs at New Problem Gambling Research
Tuesday 23 March, 2010 17:55
Senator Nick Xenophon, well known in Australia for his anti-gambling laments
and ramblings, has taken his disdain for this form of entertainment one step up
by refusing to believe the results of a recent study.
The New South Wales Population Health Survey revealed interesting facts
showing that problem gambling was actually on the decline in the country.
The study examined states and showed that problem gamblers made up just 0.4%
of the population in New South Wales, compared to the 0.8% listed in a 2006
The same numbers were recorded for Queensland and South Australia.
The survey showed that Victoria has a slightly higher number of problem
gamblers - 0.7% of the population.
"These findings are very encouraging and we hope it's a sign that our high
quality counselling service and strict harm minimization laws are making a real
difference," said the Minister for Gaming and Racing, Kevin Greene.
However, Xenophon has opted to ignore the facts and lambasted the survey
instead by stating: "This survey shows just how desperate the New South Wales
government is to cover up the extend of problem gambling. The NSW government is
hopelessly comprised when it rakes in well over $1 billion in poker machine
taxes a year."
Xenophon is a known anti gambling campaigner, who original political platform
focused on the issue.
Since then, he has branched out to other matters, such as a battle against
Xenophon has had his request to launch a parliamentary inquiry into the
Church of Scientology twice, although he said this week that he was confident
that an inquiry will eventually take place.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Friday that he too had concerns about the
church, bolstering Xenophon's confidence.