Saturday, February 16, 2008

Pokies are an Australian curse

Poker machines (pokies; gambling machines) are an Australian national curse:

"According to a Productivity Commission report (1999), Australia had nearly 180,000 poker machines; 21% of all the gambling machines in the world ...

"Poker machines were the main source of revenue with NSW supplying nearly half of the national $74 billion turned over on the machines."

"On a per capita basis, Australia had roughly five times as many gaming machines as the United States."

Since 1999, the number has increased dramatically, because pubs as well as clubs are now licensed to have these infernal machines. My country leads the world in folly.

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