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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 751..


Gambling-statistics

(Question No 40)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Sports, Racing and Gaming, upon notice, on 19 February 2002:

In relation to problem gambling:

(1) Have any statistics been compiled which indicate the extent of problem gambling amongst the ACT's aged population;

(2) If so, what are they; if not, why not.

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The "Survey of the Nature and Extent of Gambling and Problem Gambling in the ACT" sponsored by the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission and undertaken in July 2001 collected extensive socio-demographic statistics relating to problem gamblers in the ACT.

(2) In relation to the ACT aged population ('aged' defined by the Council on the Ageing ACT as women aged over 63 years and men aged over 65 years) the survey found that:

  • The 60 - 64 year age group has the lowest incidence of problem gambling in the ACT at 1.4%.
  • Problem gamblers over the age of 70 years in the ACT are over-represented at 2.1% compared to the national figure of 1.5%


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