A new lawsuit will seek to determine that the slots industry in Australia is in breach of consumer law because they’re deceptive and encourage addiction.
Australian poker machines (‘pokies’), or slots, since they are known in the US, are an industry that is multi-billion-dollar. Did you understand, for example, that there are five times more slot machines per capita in Australia than in America? Or that throughout the last year, growth in gambling has outpaced the growth of the Australian economy by 100 percent.
Politicians, anti-gambling groups, spiritual organizations, etc., are profoundly concerned about whatever they see as a gambling epidemic in the united states. And perhaps they should be.
Aussies spend more per head on gambling than any other country in the world, studies show; an extraordinary $1,179 in 2011-12. That’s above twice as is gambled per capita in america and three times just as much as within the UK.
Nearly all of this goes on pokies. Australians lose around $11 billion yearly on the machines, which constitutes very nearly two-thirds of the country’s gambling yield. And curiously, while gambling spend is up these full days, the proportion of the populace actually engaging in gambling has dropped over the final 15 years, from 80 percent in 2000, to 68 percent in 2014.
Machines are Deceitful
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