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Taxpayers were shortchanged $3billion in Victoria’s ill-fated auction of licences last year. Taxpayers were shortchanged $3billion in Victoria’s ill-fated auction of licences last year. AAP

Pokies punters and taxpayers both lose when govts and industry get too cosy

GAMBLING IN AUSTRALIA – How do pokies cause harm? People addicted to the pokies lose one hell of a lot of money. Because they lose one hell of a lot of money they do not eat well, get into debt, lose their…
When you know the numbers, things get a whole lot easier. When you know the numbers, things get a whole lot easier. Roberto Bouza

Want to win at gambling? Use your head

GAMBLING IN AUSTRALIA – Some say “punting is a mug’s game”. But is this always true, or can an astute gambler make long-term profits? Certainly not from casino games. Casinos make profits by paying less…
Some sporting organisations have called for veto powers on “exotic” betting. Some sporting organisations have called for veto powers on “exotic” betting. Joe Castro/AAPimage

Promotion of gambling short-changes Australian sport … and its fans

GAMBLING IN AUSTRALIA – Australians spend about $20 billion every year gambling. This level of expenditure is, according to The Economist, the highest in the world on a per capita basis. Some would argue…
Betting can be fun, but it’s not worth losing your shirt over. Betting can be fun, but it’s not worth losing your shirt over. William West/AFP

Gambling in Australian culture: more than just a day at the races

GAMBLING IN AUSTRALIA – The idea that Australians love to gamble is so firmly established that we rarely pause to question it. This is true whether we picture Chinese and British “diggers” passing time…