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Firstly, gamblers incur loss upon loss. Gambling losses cause business bankruptcies. According to Australian Gambling Council (2010, p.44) 43 business bankruptcies were caused by gambling or speculation that it is accounted for 1.08% of the total. A financial counselor in Adelaide mentions that three companies went bankrupt in losses over $ 1 million by one of his clients with gambling addiction (Australian Productivity Commission 1999, p.7.52). Thus, contrast to small prevalence rates of business insolvencies by gambling, the amount of losses and increasing in unemployment make an enormous impact on the economy. In addition, gamblers run up a debt to invest the money in gamble. Around $12,200 was estimated as annual disbursements of problem gamblers in the last 12 months, the amount of money was nineteen times higher than $645 for non-problem gamblers(Australian Productivity Commission 1999, p.7.40) Perpetual gambling losses for a large number of gamblers who are borrowing money cause a heavy debts and insolvency (Brown 2009). Ladouceur et al. (cited in Brown 2009, p.17) describe that indebtedness is often as high as $50,000 or more. As a result, Healthy Wealth and Wise Woman (cited in Brown 2009) claimed that financial problems related gambling bring about forfeit house properties. Australian Broadcasting Commission (cited in Brown 2009, p.17) reports that homeless who lost their accommodations by gambling related problems were 20 % in a whole.
Secondly, Gambling often makes psychological disorder. One of the problems is gambling addiction. According to Hudson (2001), the most remarkable country of gambling addiction is Australia. Especially, the most likely thing that causes addiction is poker machines (Ridley n.d.) Roughly ten thousands South Australians are estimated as suffering from serious addictions (Ridley n.d.) Centre for addiction and mental health (n.d.) reports that a lot of people who gamble heavily feel uneasiness, depressed and stressed, which make a sleep disorder, inattentive and solving troubles more complicated. As the result, compulsive gamblers often don t have interests in any other things and don t live a normal life as a member of society. What is worse, people who have psychological problems are likely to commit suicide, that is to say for the reason mentioned above, suicide rates among excessive gamblers who prone to mental diseases is high. According to national health survey, the rates of people who have planned suicide attempt were 27.06% among problem gamblers and 6.07% of moderate risk gamblers in 2008 (Australian Gambling Council 2010). Hagan (2010) reports that about 20% of suicidal patients who were taken to The Alfred Hospital s emergency department were problem gamblers. As a result, gambling leads to increased suicide rates.
Finally, financial problems related gambling damage reputation. Money crisis makes the relationship feel scared, distrust and treachery. For instance, Better Health Channel (2006) points out that gambling loss are managed to rise from household funds in most cases and the others with gambling problems fall back upon from other sources. However, around 52 per cent of problem gamblers do not return the money borrowed (Hudson 2001). As a result, a gulf has formed between both sides and their human relationship collapses. National Gambling Impact Study (2010) reports that divorce rates of problem and pathological gamblers are over twice higher than non-gamblers. Moreover, desire for gambling and fretting about payment of debt drive into breaking the law. According to a study by Jackson et al (1997) which is researched criminal acts among 1,452 new clients with pathological problem who were registered at problem gambling counseling agencies in Victoria between 1 July 1996 and 30 June 1997, found that their gambling finances caused illegal activity for approximately 30 per cent of them. Particularly, poker machines have the highest risk that make gamblers take a turn to fraud, that it is accounted for 56.4% (Warfield 2008). As a result, it is possible that gambling disturb peace and order in society.
It might seem that gambling will bring economic benefit. Amies and Doughney (cited in Graffam 2005, p.5) explains that one of the advantages of gambling is a source of revenue for governments. Around $1.6 billion of gambling profits become Victoria state revenue in taxes and levies (The Age 2008). The Weekend Australian Inquirer (2006) claims that poker machines are the best improvement way for states financial difficulties. However, what government depend on revenue from gambling is unethical. The Queensland government which addict to poker machines revenue has caused an increase gambling problems (The Age 2007). As a result, problem gamblers discourage about work, some problem gamblers lose their jobs and the unemployed workers increase in the society. Furthermore, gambling damages the economy. KPMG (cited in Brown 2000, p.25) shows expenditure tendency found that loss due to gambling convert from living expenses, such as household goods, food expenses and clothes. As a result, that a diversion of spending cases damage to economic growth in the retailing is found by economic studies (Doughney Keller cited in Brown 2000, p.25).
In conclusion, poker machines ought to be prohibited. This is because they are bring about problem gamblers who incur loss after loss, cause financial troubles, mental diseases, social problems such as divorce and crimes. Furthermore, gambling damages the national economy. It is clear for the reason mentioned above that if poker machines are not removed, then sales of retail sector do not increased in order that problem gamblers spend almost money to gambling.
. youth William Pascrell III, a lobbyist with Princeton Public Affairs Group, said the bill gives "bricks and mortar casinos a chance to re-examine their business model." Pascrell represents Poker Stars, an online poker company that is working to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino, and has more than 50 million online players around the world. Pascrell said the law incentivizes the Atlantic City casinos to "marry" their brand to an online provider to attract gamblers to the city and hold their attention online when they get home. He added that people still visit casinos in Europe and Asia despite the fact that online gaming is legal there. "There's no proof of a negative impact, in fact, there's only proof of a positive impact," Pascrell said. "This is going to distinguish us from neighboring states who have been eating our lunch." While Pascrell said there are no silver bullets for pushing New Jersey back to the forefront of the gaming world. Both he and Posner agree the bill puts the state back in a leadership position as other states scramble to form similar regulations. William Pascrell III, a lobbyist with Princeton Public Affairs Group, said the bill gives "bricks and mortar casinos a chance to re-examine their business model." Pascrell represents Poker Stars, an online poker company that is working to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino, and has more than 50 million online players around the world. Pascrell said the law incentivizes the Atlantic City casinos.
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. Clinical Psychology Review 28 (2008) 1152 1166 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect Clinical Psychology Review Gambling among the Chinese: A comprehensive review Jasmine M.Y. Loo a,?, Namrata Raylu a,b, Tian Po S. Oei a a b School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia Drug, Alcohol, and Gambling Service, Hornsby Hospital, Hornsby, NSW 2077, Australia a r t i c l e i n f o a b s t r a c t Despite being a signi?cant issue, there has been a lack of systematic reviews on gambling and problem gambling (PG) among the Chinese. Thus, this paper attempts to ?ll this theoretical gap. A literature search of social sciences databases (from 1840 to now) yielded 25 articles with a total sample of 12,848 Chinese community participants and 3397 clinical participants. The major ?ndings were: (1) Social gambling is widespread among Chinese communities as it is a preferred form of entertainment. (2) Prevalence estimates for PG have increased over the years and currently ranged from 2.5% to 4.0%. (3) Chinese problem gamblers consistently have dif?culty admitting their issue and seeking professional help for fear of losing respect. (4) Theories, assessments, and interventions developed in the West are currently used to explain and treat PG among the
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Poker machines have become a part of our society. Go to any gaming lounge and you will find bright lights, loud sounds and ching ching ching. It's the sound of one dollar coins going in and coming out and all of this is what we call entertainment. Some might say, 'How is it a form of entertainment?' Believe it or not, it is. You may walk into a pub, club or a casino, have a couple of drinks and win or lose some money. It's the risk the player takes in order to win. To win you have to play, and sometimes, more than most, you lose. It has become a part of life in society today and it will probably continue to be a part of our lives for some time to come.
There have been a number of very good arguments in support as of why poker machines should be banned.
The most important emphasizes the social problems of addiction, bankruptcy, family break ups, and the growing number of our younger population becoming addicted and becoming frequent poker users. 'Is the government helping the situation?' This is the question I asked myself after reading an article in Tuesday's Advertiser, which talked about whether the axing of 3000 poker machines would have an impact on our gambling problems.
The pokies create millions of dollars for the government. If the government knows how bad these machines are in our society then why are they not banning them altogether? Is the banning of 3000 poker machines really going to help our social problems? It will cut the population of poker machines from 15000 down to 12000 and that's about it. In this article, AHA chief executive John Lewis stated that, "he had information from treasury officers that.
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Poker machines are called one-armed bandits for a reason. They are pretty much fraud disguised as a game. They should be banned to protect the people from getting scammed by the casinos. They are also physiologically manipulative and exploit people's addictions in order to turn a profit for the casinos.
The tactics used by clubs and gambling organisations show their intentions to target vulnerable people in society. This is no different from thieves and is a blight on any government that allows this type of insipid business. It would be far better to raise taxes for upper earners to cover the revenue lost by banning such machines.
I've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over 15 years
every time i got paid i would head to the pub to play the pokies / leave broke most times and always frustrated
ive seen people crying in the cars outside the pubs and clubs
all my bills would mount up - some i never paid - always broke and not able to feed myself or pay for rent
THEY HAVE GOT TO GO
They are destroying so many Australians clubs pubs are benefiting over those nasty machines I have lost more then I ever imagined I don't understand why there are on every corner where is the goverment to see people suicidal homes, Families destroyed those machines need to be investigated it's getting out of hand
I can't stop my partner from gambling, She lies and manipulates me on a weekly basis. We have 2 small children and at times we can't feed them because of these Damned machines. Our Rent is behind again and the Real estate has lost all Patience with us. I feel so ashamed yet im not the one with the problem. I could go on and on but that won't change anything as no one wants to listen. The so called Government is too busy giving out Awards to companies like Arisocrat for great achievements, Yet Families out in every Subburb are hurting and being Sucked in even more! By these clever tactics! That get you further Hooked. Our life is in Tatters as i write this, While the NSW Premier is collecting Brownie points for pretending She cares about the people! By visiting the recent fire victims, So so fake! I feel for the fire Victims and they deserve Help. But what about the Poker machine Victims? People like Me and my my Kids that Hate Pokies but still have to suffer the Consequences of a Pokie Addict. One things for Sure the local Pub will be ok this weekend, But i can't afford Nappies
Not needed, Silly type of entertainment. Not a game, No need to think and use the brain (like lotto etc).
With the speed of the machine, It can easily suck in a lot of money and difficult to stop until all moneys are gone for ever and ever in the machine
The jackpots are very small also have been capped on certain machines and the industry is filled with machine tampering. The amount in profit for clubs has increased exponentially not to mention people putting their entire lifes savings through them i was addicted to these things i wish these things were banned ive put through them possibly $100. 000 it ruined my life.
The technology behind poker machines is far too advanced and similar to the likes of computer games with flashing lights and sounds. This attraction will cause most tech savvy future generations to play them when they become of age. How many of them would be aware of the damages and potential addiction from day 1. How many of them will become addicted. It is similar to smoking years ago where it was the in thing to do, Only now with the high prices and unaffordability are people quitting and future generations not being exposed to it.
My 22 year old son is addicted to playing the pokies, He goes to work everyday but when he gets paid he looses his whole pay cheque in sometimes less than half an hour. He has become a different person, I don't even know what happened to my son. He has had counseling but this is not cheap. . For people who say stop using them have never had an addiction.
I myself a mid 20s person in Australia never gambled but got hooked as i won the first time on these putrid machines it's now been 5 years and I've lost everything due to the addiction they bring with the many times you think you might hit big. I agree with a few other peoples idea that keeping them just at crown is an option!
Australia is in the grip of an addiction to poker machines with more of the devices located in the community than in any other country, according to a new report from progressive thinktank the Australia Institute.
The discussion paper points to figures that show about 80% of the world s poker machines are in dedicated gambling venues, such as casinos. Only 241,000 poker machines worldwide are in non-gaming venues, with the vast majority of those 183,000 in Australia s pubs and clubs.
The report s co-author Bill Browne said: Australia s large number of poker machines and our unusual decision to allow them in pubs and clubs make us a global anomaly.
Australia has 0.3% of the world s population but 6% of its conventional gaming machines and 18% of its poker machines.
In terms of machines per person, Australia is right up there with casino-states like Monaco, Macau and Caribbean island nations.
The report comes as Tasmania s opposition Labor party announced a policy to remove poker machines from pubs and clubs in the state by 2023 if the party wins the next election in March.
Labor s leader, Rebecca White, said the party would phase out more than 2,300 poker machines from venues to curb their devastating effect on people and their families . It would make Tasmania only the second state without pokies after Western Australia.
The promise was welcomed by community groups and anti-pokies campaigners but criticised by Premier Will Hodgman, who warned it would cost the state jobs.
Labor would provide a $55m package to encourage venues and businesses to voluntarily retire the machines before 2023.
Last financial year, Tasmanians lost $110m on poker machines in pubs and clubs, White said. Economic modelling has shown that it could provide an additional 180 jobs in Tasmania if only half that money is spent in the community.
The anti-pokies campaigner and independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie welcomed the policy.
We know that poker machines cause or at least add to many social ills including crime, domestic violence, suicide and childhood poverty, he said in a statement.
Labor s policy is a point of difference with the Liberal government, which plans to cut the number of pokies in the state by 150 by 2023. Hodgman told reporters Labor s policy would hurt businesses.
We ve heard from operators of hotels across the state, which support local economies, that if poker machines are removed in their entirety it will cost jobs, he said.
Poker machines bring in about 1% of the state s revenue.
Separate modelling by the Australia Institute found the loss of tax revenue from a ban on hotel and club poker machines in Tasmania would be very small and could be accounted for by adopting higher tax rates for poker machines in casinos.
One of the paper s author s, Leanne Minshull, the director of the Australia Institute Tasmania, said: Tasmania has more pokies than India, Italy and the Netherlands combined; most countries, 226 out of 238, do not have any poker machines in pubs and clubs.
Tasmanian Labor s policy of getting poker machines out of Tasmania s pubs and clubs is not a radical step but a step towards a global norm.
The Country Women s Association has also backed the campaign to ban poker machines in the state s pubs and clubs.
Lindy Cleeland, the CWA chief for Tasmania, told the Mercury that members were united on the issue of poker machines and the easy availability of gambling had had devastating effects on local communities.
It s well past time for Tasmanians to have our say and for our representatives to choose to serve the community interest ahead of vested interstate interests, Cleeland said.
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