Australia's Victoria Experiencing Online Gambling Crisis

Published Sunday, October 14, 2012 -

According to an article published recently in the Australian news source The Herald Sun, the state of Victoria in Aus is in a crisis situation when it comes to gambling. The article says that punters in Victoria are losing their money at an alarming rate. The article uses numbers to illustrate its point with $15 million a day or $625,000 every hour describing the funds going into casino owners pockets.

Information obtained by the Herald Sun from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, indicated more than $5.4 billion ASD was lost by gamblers in the last financial year with $1.5 billion going into the Crown casino. The article is critical of the stats that revealed that underage gambling is on the rise with the availability of smart phones and that so called illegal online gambling is also on the rise with almost $1 billion being spent on unregistered web locations.

The report says that the most disadvantaged municipalities are the biggest losers at the pokies and that there are many more problem gamblers in those areas. Sally Gainsbury, a researcher from the Centre for Gambling Education & Research at Southern Cross University, has noted that there were no records for those illegal web sites and there was no mention of the loses to these sites in the official records. "Police don't have the power to go after overseas sites," Gainsbury commented. The Commission did comparison studies on online gambling in various places in Victoria revealing that the poorest areas were the most prone to gambling away a serious amount of cash and that as many as 250 people call Gambler's Help Line each week.

The article and the information revealed by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has given the critics lots of ammunition to call for changes to federal government laws regarding gambling in Australia. Chair of the Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce, Tim Costello, said, "Smartphones are what kids use, now gambling is creeping into homes and it's crossing the lines of age of consent, which most families are very worried about."

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