• Short Summary

    NEARLY 40,000 AUSTRALIANS ARE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH SYDNEY JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUES CLUB, A VAST CENTRE OCCUPYING NEARLY HALF A BLOCK WHICH PROVIDES EXTENSIVE FACILITIES FOR ITS MEMBERS THROUGH THE REVENUE GAINED FROM ROWS OF POKER MACHINES (A TYPE OF FAULT MACHINE).

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    NEARLY 40,000 AUSTRALIANS ARE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH SYDNEY JUNIOR RUGBY LEAGUES CLUB, A VAST CENTRE OCCUPYING NEARLY HALF A BLOCK WHICH PROVIDES EXTENSIVE FACILITIES FOR ITS MEMBERS THROUGH THE REVENUE GAINED FROM ROWS OF POKER MACHINES (A TYPE OF FAULT MACHINE). THE ASSETS OF THE CLUB WERE RECENTLY ESTIMATED AT 4 1/4 MILLION AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS. (JUST UNDER TWO MILLION POUNDS STERLING) - BUT IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT EACH MEMBER LOST AN AVERAGE OF 30 DOLLARS A YEAR TO THE MACHINES.

    THE CLUB OFFERS ITS MEMBERS THE USUAL DRINKING, DINING AND DANCING FACILITIES PLUS ACCESS TO TENNIS AND SQUASH COURTS, A FULLY EQUIPPED GYMNASIUM, SWIMMING POOL AND MANY OTHER INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPORTS. BUT THE CLUB'S PRIDE IS IN PROVIDING MEMBERS WITH MOTOR CRUISES AND HOLIDAY HOMES AT SUBSIDISED PRICES. WATER-SKIING - NORMALLY AN EXPENSIVE HOBBY - IS ALSO WITHIN THE RESOURCES OF MEMBERS AS PROVIDED BY THE CLUB. THERE ARE ALSO CULTURAL CLASSES AND WEEKLY WRESTLING CONTESTS.

    THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO OPPOSE THE CLUB BECAUSE THEY CLAIM IT FUNCTIONS SUCCESSFULLY THROUGH GAMBLING ON THE MACHINES, AND THAT THIS CAN BECOME A VICE AND BRING HARDSHIP TO FAMILIES. OTHERS SAY HOWEVER, THAT IF THE MACHINES AT THE CLUB WERE CLOSED, GAMBLERS WOULD LOSE THEIR MONEY ELSEWHERE AND THE PRESENT SYSTEM BRINGS MANY BENEFITS TO OTHERS.

    THE PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB, WALLY DEAN, SAYS THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PEOPLE OPPOSED TO GAMBLING BUT CLAIMS HE HAS ONLY MET ONE CASE OF SERVE HARDSHIP THROUGH A MAN PLAYING THE MACHINES AND THIS WAS RECTIFIED BY THE BOARD. THE LATEST VENTURE PLANNED BY THE CLUB IS A CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY WITHIN THE CLUB TO ENABLE MEMBERS TO BUY THEIR OWN HOMES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4KX0M8WEX5R7HZMD5TVFR6TQO
    Media URN:
    VLVA4KX0M8WEX5R7HZMD5TVFR6TQO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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