Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Unaustralian?

Entrance to Cairns RSL. I presume it relates to proposed pre-commitment for pokie gambling?



If ever there was an action that could be said to be ''un-Australian'', it's profiting from the addiction of gamblers and all the misery caused to them and their families. The killer statistic is this: according to the Productivity Commission, about 15 per cent of regular poker machine users contribute about 40 per cent of all the money put through pokies.
So the whole edifice of the licensed club industry rests heavily on the exploitation of a small minority of their own members. All the cheap meals and shows, all the grants to local sporting groups - much of that money is coming from the pockets of the spouses and children of problem gamblers.

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