South-west Sydney wants to open its libraries after dark to help gambling addicts Lin Evelin, SBS News · October 27, 2020 at 6:32 pm For former refugee Bich Thuy Pham, it was a gambling addiction which tore apart her new life in Australia. Ms Pham met her former partner while in a Malaysian refugee camp and had little idea of his struggles until years after she arrived in Australia with him in the 1990s. “Everything was very normal for a long time but gradually I noticed money and expensive things in the house would go missing constantly. He would disappear and come back looking for more money,” she told SBS News. “I tried to keep the family together because that is part of the culture to do so,” she said, but it didn’t work out. Ms Pham and her partner separated and she has spent the last 20 years working as a Vietnamese community worker in Fairfield, south-west Sydney, assisting others who are impacted by similar addictions.