Australia is the one nation on this planet to have a public vacation for a horse race. We’re recognized for loving a flutter.
And it’s not simply the Melbourne Cup. There are half-day gazetted holidays in nation cities in NSW for his or her main race conferences and a few locations have a full time without work for his or her Cup assembly.
It was as soon as deemed quintessentially Australian to go to the races and have a flutter.
And that was okay. However this nation has gone from a rustic that loves a flutter on the races to a nation that bleeds cash by means of playing.
Statistics present that Australians lose more cash by means of playing than another nation on this planet.
On a per capita foundation, Australians lose greater than $1200 per yr from betting, whether or not or not it’s by means of racing, gaming machines or shopping for Tattslotto tickets.
That’s greater than double of the second-placed nation, Singapore, whose folks lose about $600 per yr on playing.
One thing has to vary in Australia.
It’s time for this nation to take a stance and cease the rot.
As a racing fan, I don’t have a problem with folks going to the races to have a guess on a horse.
I’m not about to name for a ban on playing in Australia. All it might do is make extra criminals by introducing an underground betting racket.
However there must be extra regulation.
If I used to be in Scott Morrison’s chair, I’d introduce a invoice that bans playing promoting. Not simply on TV, however in every single place.
No extra billboards, no extra radio commercials, no extra signage at stadiums and on sporting items.
At the moment, you possibly can’t watch any sporting occasion on TV with out being reminded of the percentages.
It’s rammed down our throats and it must cease.
It was considerably comical when Jaidyn Stephenson was handed a ten-match ban by the AFL on Wednesday.
Certain he did the improper factor and needed to be punished, however the AFL must also have a very good look within the mirror.
One firm (I received’t identify them to present them a free plug) is paying the AFL $10 million to be its official betting accomplice.
And it’s not simply the AFL. Cricket Australia’s boundary ropes had betting promoting on them in the course of the summer season, when you can’t watch an Australian-based NBL recreation with out seeing a wagering firm’s emblem plastered over the courts.
This has to cease.
I’m not in opposition to adverts showing on Racing.com or Sky Channel as a result of horse racing is a sport that’s stimulated by betting.
Nonetheless, I believe that the federal government ought to introduce new legal guidelines that cease betting corporations from feasting on downside gamblers.
Because it stands, a punter can self exclude, however there isn’t a rule that claims a bookmaker should cease a gambler from frequently betting.
It’d sound like nanny state type of stuff, however analysis says that almost all downside gamblers come from the bottom socioeconomic sections of society.
Which signifies that the individuals who can least afford to gamble are probably the most affected.
This goes for the pokies, too. One thing have to be executed on what’s a leech on society.
I perceive that 1000’s of jobs can be misplaced and lots of small cities can be crippled if pokies have been to be banned, so I’m not going to name for a shutdown of digital gaming machines.
Nonetheless, I really feel like punters ought to have a loss restrict. While you enter a pub or membership, you can also make one deposit on the cardboard for a predetermined restrict.
You utilize the cardboard to play the pokies. While you run out of credit score, you possibly can’t high it up for an additional, say, 72 hours.
Limits could possibly be greater in casinos, however pokies have been as soon as alleged to be enjoyable, identical to having a flutter on the races, not so folks may insert 1000’s of in them.
Lots of people received’t like what has been written right here as a result of they really feel that they will management their actions and shouldn’t be punished by regulation adjustments.
However the regulation adjustments should not for them. They’re for the people who find themselves unable to assist themselves.
The statistics say all of it. Australia loses greater than double the amount of cash to playing (on a per capita foundation) than the subsequent nation.
Let’s make this technology the one which begins the swing in the suitable path.
There’s no concern with betting on the horses on a Saturday or placing $50 in a gaming machine when out to dinner on a Friday evening (in case you can afford it), however there is a matter when you possibly can’t put meals on the desk.
Playing has destroyed too many individuals and too many households on this nation for us to maintain ignoring it.
Make some adjustments, do away with playing odds from our TV screens and be blissful when your horse runs third within the Melbourne Cup sweep.
Anyone impacted by playing (your individual playing or another person’s), can name the Gambler’s Assist line, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week on 1800 858 858. This service can provide the contact particulars to your nearest Gambler’s Assist service or, in case you desire, a service away from the place you reside.