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The Productivity Commission's gambling inquiry: 3 years on

Chairman's speech

On 21 November 2002, the Chairman Gary Banks presented a keynote paper to the 12th Annual Conference of the National Association for Gambling Studies in Melbourne. The 1999 inquiry report was titled 'Australia's Gambling Industries'.

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How many 'problem gamblers'?

Cost and benefits of liberalising gambling
The real benefits are to consumers
Social costs need to be accounted for
Comparison with more recent studies

Gambling regulations were inadequate

A recent tapering in 'expenditure'
A 'maturing' market?
Tax is trending up

Developments in regulation

Industry 'self-regulation' initiatives

Developments in government regulation
Informed choice
Consumer control
Venue/games restrictions
Gaming machine 'caps' are widespread
The Internet gambling ban
The impact of smoking bans

Regulatory and policy-making processesv

Some priorities