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Is gambling harm our blindspot?
Gambling is part of our mainstream society. It is deeply entrenched within the Aussie culture. For most, gambling is fun, but for others a loss can be devastating, says Peninsula Voice Inc. chairperson Peter Orton.
Gambling has a built-in addictive component and to break the cycle can be extremely challenging.
The glib advertising statement that you should ‘gamble responsibly’ is grossly inadequate for some and illustrates a lack of accountability by betting organisations.
Peninsula Voice Inc. is hosting a public forum entitled ‘Is Gambling Harm our Blind Spot?’ on Thursday May 19th to provide our community with vital information on how we can reduce the negative affects of gambling.
Tim Costello AO, one of the key forum speakers, suggests that if gambling was an international sport, Australia would win gold, silver and bronze against other nations. Sad but true.
Peak body, The Alliance for Gambling Reform, advise that since Covid-19 the nature of gambling has changed, with 80% of all gambling now done online. It’s not local pokies and Tabs anymore, but international mega businesses.