Halve number of pokie machines, says economist

NZ Herald 15 Sep 06
An Australian author who has probed the links between the “pokie” industry and the state says Australia and New Zealand should halve their numbers of poker machines.
Dr James Doughney, an economist at Melbourne’s Victoria University and author of The Poker Machine State (2002), will tell a conference in Auckland today that the gaming machine industry imposes Australia’s most regressive tax, taking much more from the poor than the rich.