Posted: Fri, 30 Aug 2002
Casino accused of targeting Vietnamese
Casino Canberra has come under fire for
targeting the Vietnamese community in Cabramatta.
In an advertisement in the local Vietnamese community newspaper, Casino Canberra
has offered a weekend trip to Canberra for just $60 per person, but they must
spend $1,000 at the Casino.
The president of the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Vietnamese
Community, Dr Tien Ngyen, says the regular shuttle services are targeting
specific ethnic communities.
"They try to facilitate the gambling habits of people by providing easy
transport, cheap accommodation, et cetera and I don't agree with that sort of
tactic, and I think the Government should have some action to prevent those sort
of luring tactics," he said.
Thang Ngo from the Fairfield City Council says it is a sad reflection on the
Casino and gambling community as a whole.
"The casino has to realise when they target certain demographics, certain
ethnic groups, they need to go into it with their eyes open," he said.
"The Vietnamese community is one of the poorest communities, ethnic
communities in Australia.
"The Vietnamese community is full of people who are not very good with
English and because of that they don't have many other choice in terms of
Casino Canberra was not available for comment.