New research has found that contributions to charitable causes by gambling operators amounted to just 1.5% of total net revenue during a three-year period in Victoria.
Gambling operators are required by law to donate some of their revenue for charitable purposes. But a review of data in Victoria shows that charitable giving is actually far less than they claim.
Victoria’s gambling regular says Crown has lagged behind community expectations when it comes to responsible gambling measures.
Even with responsible gambling measures in place, excessive gambling remains a problem and a significant cost to society.
Stephen Conroy is to head up a new gambling industry body, Responsible Wagering Australia.
The gambling industry certainly holds an attraction for former politicians. Perhaps it’s all that money, and the attraction of staying in the game – even if at a peripheral level.
The level of contributions made by clubs to community purposes is low as a proportion of poker machine revenue.
Some clubs provide genuine benefits to their communities. Unfortunately, clubs have developed significant poker machine dependency – an average of about 60% of total revenue.
One way to manage problem gambling would be to limit the supply of poker machines.
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Carol Von Canon
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