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Inter-Net Gambling Means In-Debt Families

The proposal to allow gambling via the Internet will have an adverse effect on families. Apparently, sales of Lotto and Keno are declining, so on-line gambling is seen as a solution to dwindling returns. At present, missing out on profits of $130 million for community causes, and $165 million in tax for the Government, the gambling industry is considering using the latest technology to boost its income.

The Christian Heritage Party believes extending gambling opportunities is detrimental to the well-being of the nation, especially struggling families. Already New Zealanders gamble on average around $2500 per head of population each year, money that many families can ill afford. With the vain hope of winning enough to pay their bills, many gamblers only sink deeper into debt.

One in twelve patients seen by doctors is a problem gambler, and this figure is likely to increase if on-line gambling is permitted. The adverse effect on families is enormous, with children the innocent victims when parents gamble away their money, leaving insufficient for the basic necessities of life.

The Christian Heritage Party opposes gambling in all its forms, believing it is not in the best interests of our nation, especially families. Therefore, it requests the Government not to give approval to on-line gambling in any form.

Contact: Margaret Burgess on (06) 878 5638

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