Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The gambling LIE....


I was at an anti-gambling form today.
Really well organized and inspiring.. the City of Bendigo is trying to fight against more pokie machines being forced into their community... why?

1. it exploits the poor (the gaming organizers know that the economically challenged are most likely to be caught in the trap of easy and quick cash).
2. it's like poison.. gambling itself is addictive... its not just SOME people with a problem... the product of gambling is unsafe and uncontrolled - by nature it's destructive
3. it creates a normalizing function on society - where people start thinking it's completely normal for parents to spend their extra cash on the false hope of a quick buck - WHEN it's NOT!
4. a community or a society could never repay the debt that gambling creates... in communties... the cost to families and society is much higher than a simply economic chart... but even in simple economic terms... gaming takes revenue for community development out of communities!!

I'm calling on all governments everywhere to look at gambling critically. Its a short-term, lie based cash cow that wants to rob people of dignity and society of compassion. Time for some creative, colourful option of re-distribution and develpment funds that aren't taking much needed from the poor!

This was the decision of a great group of people in bendigo (including the mayor's desire)... and I pray it will be the decision of wise and responsible people everywhere! Get involved.

11 comments:

lucy ar said...

Hey Danielle,
sounds like a fab group. Pokies have been termed "parasites on poverty"- theres some truth. The whole community development myth is awful- comparing figures (in NZ) of where the pokies collect money and where these funds are then distributed it is clear that it goes primarily from very low socioeconomic communities to middle income communities. Reverse Robin hood.
I am pretty sure that the Australian Salvation Army territories (its certainly true for NZ) do still accept money from pokie funds though. Thats shocking- you'll have to take that one up!

Grazer said...

In the Shire of Yarra Ranges, $33m was lost on pokies in the 06/07 financial year, and in 07/08 Gamblers Help say we are "on target" to lose $37m. This doesn't take into account TAB or any other forms of gambling (we have 2 racecourses with large meets in the Shire). Lots of these people can't afford to lose anything - yet they see gambling as a chance to secure "financial freedom". Something must be done!

jsi said...

You are right and prudent to expect your local governments to protect its populations from the widewpread cancer of easy access gambling.
Its victims are widespread and destroyed.
Its path of brokenness is wide.
"Giving back to the schools and communities" is no excuse to take grocery money away from a hungry family or child support from a child.
So many people link gambling with entertainment, so any voice against it is often heard as a killjoy. Stay confidant that protected legalized gambling only brings empty promises - the house always wins.

Junior said...

lucy I'm pretty sure we don't take money from gambling organisations...that's a shocker if it's true though

radspank said...

Whether it''s raffles, greyhounds, horses, casino gaming, or a casual punt on the footy, gambling is SO deeply ingrained in Aussie culture. Let's look out in our every day lives for chances to explain the negative impacts of gambling to our non-Salvo mates!

John said...

Hi, I disagree that its 'shocking' to take the money from gambling profits. All the money is plugged back into gambling treatment programmes. You've all heard the Booth quote about washing the cash in the tears of the orphans and prostitutes, I'm sure. As long as its 'no strings attached' then there's no problem. As far as I'm aware, in NZ there's no strings attached. I wouldn't have a problem with taking lottery money either.

I'm more interested in how the money is used rather than where it comes from.

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