Adelaide mini casino provokes outcry from Opposition - Friday 12th of August 2005

The South Australia Opposition has declared it will strongly oppose moves to establish a new gaming club in Adelaides southern suburbs.

State Opposition gaming spokesman Robert Brokenshire says the Onkaparinga Council has been asked to consider an application for a venue on Main South Road at Morphett Vale for 40 poker machines.

He says if the proposal is approved, it will create a "mini casino" and make a mockery of the State Governments pledge to reduce the number of poker machines.

"The Premiers legislation coming into the Parliament, we are now seeing a greenfields, 40 machine site set up purely for gaming," he said.

SA Gambling Minister Michael Wright says 184 machines have been removed from the southern suburbs since the introduction of new legislation.

He says all applications for additional poker machines now require tougher levels of scrutiny.

"For the first time ever there must be a social impact test and the key word is must," he said.

"The commissioner must have regard to the likely social effect of the grant of the licence on the local community and in particular the likely effect on problem gambling within the local community."

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