Australians lose around $24 billion a year from gambling each year.
Per head of population we lose more than any country in the world, double the average of countries like the US, New Zealand and Ireland.
The majority comes from poker machine losses, but increasingly thousands of young people are losing money on sports betting — an industry that is spending up big on marketing and advertising.
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The clubs that house the majority of poker machines and the sports betting companies benefit from generous tax breaks, yet there’s very little transparency about how this industry works.
We know gambling is a widespread, national issue affecting millions of Australians.
So, we want your help to find out more about what happens behind the scenes of Australia’s gambling industry; to hear from people who have worked inside the industry and those who have lost money.
We’d like to know:
- the tactics used to keep punters punting
- whether technology is being used to maximise losses and minimise payouts
- how lobbying campaigns target the politicians responsible for regulating the gambling industry
- whether responsible gambling codes of conduct are enforced and if they make a difference
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