Govt to restrict ATMs at gaming venues

The federal government wants banks to look once more at mechanisms to restrict use of automatic teller machines at casinos and other gaming venues by problem gamblers. Community services minister Kay Patterson said she asked the Australian Banking Association to propose ways to combat problem gambling. She said she specifically wanted to see whether it would make a difference if ATMs in gaming venues carried on-screen warnings about problem gambling after each transaction. Australian Banking Association chief executive David Bell said more work was needed to prove a link between problem gambling and ATMs. Anti-gambling groups have long argued that easy access to ATMs exacerbates problem gambling.

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