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People need protection from gaming excesses

Carol Bennett, AGR CEO

24 Mar 2023

Joe Aston has laid bare the hypocrisy and delusion of the leaders of our rapidly growing gambling sector (“Sportsbet CEO Barni Evans is kidding himself”, Rear Window, March 23). It should surprise nobody that the CEO of a foreign-owned online gambling company is seen to put profits before the welfare of Australians.

What remains shocking is the number of Australian directors and executives willing to associate themselves with the giant casinos and betting companies.

Aston points out that 20 per cent of gambling profits come from 1 per cent of gamblers. He could also have pointed out that Australia has 0.5 per cent of the world’s population and 20 per cent of the pokies, or any number of other statistics showing the crazy lack of limits on our gambling obsession.

Premier Dominic Perrottet has promised more regulation in NSW to curb harmful gambling and money laundering. Other states and other leaders must also do more to protect us from these rapacious companies.

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