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South Australian Senator-elect Nick Xenophon wants to remove ATMs from clubs and pubs with poker machines to help curb gambling addiction, a local report says. Gambling venues in Australia have some 3,000 ATMs in or near their locations, the report says. "We know from the Productivity Commission that for every problem gambler there are seven people affected by that, so close to one in 10 Australians [is] in some way worse off because of the gambling, and that's something that we need to tackle," Xenophon says in the report. Xenophon enters office 1 July and will make the matter a top priority, the report says.  The Australian government has been planning to remove ATMs close to gambling sites since September, the report says. In March, The Premier of Victoria announced plans to ban ATMs close to poker machines by 2012 [CardLine Global, 17 March].

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