The Age has interesting research from Melbourne where they’ve found that Victorian poker machine venues are pumping the “community benefit” money into such things as their own plasma screens. The assumption being that the community can come into the club and benefit from the screens (before getting pissed and doing their dough on the poker machines).
They’ve found that (somewhat like a poker machine) in fact only 3% of the community benefit money makes its way to things like charities and community organisations as we might assume.
Now this study only covers the Victorian situation. Are we any better off?