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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

ta­ble games and 2500 elec­tronic games. When asked if there was fi­nan­cial data avail­able just for Crown Casino Perth, Crown Perth de­clined to com­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion Re­port 1999, there is ev­i­dence of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as­so­ci­ated with prob­lem gam­bling, in­clud­ing prob­lem gam­blers phys­i­cally abus­ing their part­ners to gain fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits.

Mr West said peo­ple could de­velop gam­bling prob­lems for a whole host of rea­sons and for each prob­lem gam­bler, there were five to 10 other peo­ple neg­a­tively im­pacted.

“Of­ten peo­ple who de­velop a prob­lem with gam­bling are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing other is­sues in their lives,” he said.

“These other is­sues con­trib­ute to putting them at risk of de­vel­op­ing a prob­lem.”

He said some pre­dis­pos­ing fac­tors lead­ing to prob­lem gam­blers in­cluded a chaotic child­hood with high lev­els of con­flict and un­pre­dictabil­ity, and is­sues of men­tal health, grief, loss, trauma and abuse.

He said there was a need for greater aware­ness rais­ing cam­paigns and pre­ven­ta­tive ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams across the com­mu­nity.

“More thought and re­search needs to be un­der­taken to un­der­stand the preva­lence and im­pact of online gam­bling / sports bet­ting in the WA com­mu­nity,” he said.

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