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Gambling advertising rolls

By johnboy - 13 May 2009 42

There’s little in this world a Government likes as much as running an ad campaign.

Lunches are bought for them. Easy decisions are made. Egos are stroked as the media barfs out the chosen messages on command.

Importantly friendships are made which are very handy when election time rolls around.

Public good? I’m sorry… what’s that?

Katy Gallagher yesterday announced that she was getting tough with problem gambling and running some TV ads for the last four saddos still watching commercial TV.

If your grasp of basic maths and probability is so poor that you play poker machines then there’s a website from which you can get a pamphlet.

Interestingly the pamphlets have names like “Take control”, “How to set your own limits”, and “Friends and family can help”.

Nothing so simple as “Stop wasting your money on games of chance you can never win”.

Would that be anything to do with the Labor party in the ACT being beholden to the poker machines revenue of their Labor Clubs?

Brendan Smyth is shouting about the double standards.

What’s Your opinion?


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42 Responses to
Gambling advertising rolls
johnboy 1:04 pm 13 May 09

meh, it’s not like they can read.

tra 12:57 pm 13 May 09

Clown Killer – do you really think gambling addiction comes down to smart and dumb? OMG – how englightened a comment that is!! i can’t believe this comment even got through considering how offensive it is to gambling addicts and their families/friends.

Skidbladnir 12:14 pm 13 May 09
Skidbladnir 12:12 pm 13 May 09

For comparison on how half-arsed these pamphlets are (and being pamphlets, the likelihood of them ending in the hands of the target audience at a time they would do any good are negligible), have a look at Victoria’s effort:
http://www.vcgr.vic.gov.au/CA256F800017E8D4/WebObj/92327663139D94B2CA257030002680BA/$File/Std_Minister2002broc.pdf

It includes a handy table of odds, explanation of what they mean (Page 4), and sentences like:

Poker machines are a form of entertainment that you pay to use.
The longer you play a poker machine, the more likely you are to lose all the money you have wagered.

The ‘return to player’ setting is the average amount won by players as a share of the cumulative amount staked. By law, Victorian poker machine venues and the casino must return to players at least 87 per cent of the total amount that is bet each year.

Except by some colossal fluke, no single player will experience the ‘return to player’ setting during a play session. It takes millions of games for a machine to tend towards its ‘return to player’ setting.
There is no requirement for an individual poker machine to actually return the expected rate in any given period of play.

Fact: The result of your last game has no bearing on the result of your next game. It is illegal for poker machines in Victoria to base the outcomes of games on previous outcomes. Poker machines cannot react to the frequency of wins or losses. The games operate randomly at all times no matter how many wins or losses have occurred in the past.

peterh 12:12 pm 13 May 09

when are they going to run the ads? at 4.00am, when the pokie venues throw out the hardened addicts, or at prime time, when they most certainly won’t be at home, watching the box?

johnboy 11:56 am 13 May 09

Except we don’t see as much cheap food and beer as we used to.

Clown Killer 11:56 am 13 May 09

I actually don’t really care. If people are dumb enough to subsidise my cheap beer and meals, then so be it.

I don’t play the stupid things..

+1

Thumper 11:54 am 13 May 09

Here’s a novel idea, ban the pokies?

Thumper are you channeling Nick Xenophon?

I actually don’t really care. If people are dumb enough to subsidise my cheap beer and meals, then so be it.

I don’t play the stupid things..

Clown Killer 11:48 am 13 May 09

We need better education. Only dumb people gamble.

deezagood 11:34 am 13 May 09

Thumper said :

Here’s a novel idea, ban the pokies?

Nice in theory Thumper, but once hooked, the gamblers will simply take their addictions elsewhere (horses, dogs, casino, interstate etc…).

Skidbladnir 11:32 am 13 May 09

The pamphlets have been around since this time last year, the ads are the only new thing.

Breakdown of their media release is something like this:
“The ACT Government are spending taxpayer money to increase the profile of a product the ACT Government spent taxpayer funds to pdoduce last year, and using these new tv ads to distract you from the fact that the ACT Labor Party gladly suckled the milk of human suffering from the hairy but well-lubricated nipples of Canberra Labor Club Pty Ltd, to the tune of almost $600,000 last financial year, not including any further contributions towards the 2008 Election, because that reporting period isn’t over yet.
For comparison, the entirety of the various Labor Clubs contribution to problem gambling was $93,901 in that same period.

Aren’t those ads nice? You paid for those, not the clubs.
Regards, Katy Gallagher.”

(If you want figures, go check the ACT Electoral 07-08 returns, and the 07-08 ACT Gambling & Racing Community Contributions)

MrMagoo 11:18 am 13 May 09

I am also amused that Brendan is shouting about double standards, given his penchant for pedalling the needs of the tourism industry of late, one wonders if a number of tourism operators are also large contributors to the Canberra Liberals??

MrMagoo 11:16 am 13 May 09

Thumper said :

Here’s a novel idea, ban the pokies?

Thumper are you channeling Nick Xenophon?

Thumper 10:39 am 13 May 09

Here’s a novel idea, ban the pokies?

Inappropriate 10:31 am 13 May 09

Spend the money on mental health – problem gambling is a symptom of not coping with life. With more support behind mental health, perhaps people will turn to a doctor for help, not to gamble to escape.

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