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Stats don’t disclose loss of funds for community

Gambling stats don’t disclose loss of funds for community

The statistics issued by the Department of Internal Affairs today hide the fact that reductions on non-casino gambling expenditure has a direct impact on the amount of money available for the community, the Chairman of the Charity Gaming Association, the Rt Hon Paul East QC CNZM, said today.

“Between June 2005 and June 2006 $121m less was spent at pubs and clubs. The major portion of this money would have been returned to the community by way of direct grants or by activities funded from government taxes.

“The downturn in revenue for non-casino gaming machines is a direct result of the changes which the government has imposed on the sector this means that many worthwhile organizations miss out on much needed funding. This is particular so in small rural areas where in many cases fundraising through the use of gaming machines has stopped,” concluded Paul East.

The statistics issued by the Department of Internal Affairs today hide the fact that reductions on non-casino gambling expenditure has a direct impact on the amount of money available for the community, the Chairman of the Charity Gaming Association, the Rt Hon Paul East QC CNZM, said today.

“Between June 2005 and June 2006 $121m less was spent at pubs and clubs. The major portion of this money would have been returned to the community by way of direct grants or by activities funded from government taxes.

“The downturn in revenue for non-casino gaming machines is a direct result of the changes which the government has imposed on the sector this means that many worthwhile organizations miss out on much needed funding. This is particular so in small rural areas where in many cases fundraising through the use of gaming machines has stopped,” concluded Paul East.

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