Kiddie Punters

paperboy 12 March 2007 11

During the recent debate concerning ethics in investing, the ACT Government was at pains to correct an apparent oversight in it’s superannuation investments which included support for such unsavory items as tobacco giants, arms manufacturers, logging interests, uranium mining and nuclear power companies.

Changes are apparently on the way.

But not much has changed in the Government’s standard of ethics.

On page 4 of today’s Canberra Times is a photo of some of the 40,000 people enjoying yesterday’s Celebrate in the Park.

Included are many children holding onto Happy Birthday Canberra balloons, sponsored by none other than local gaming empire ACTTAB.

Who was the genius who thought it would be a good idea to allow ACTTAB to sponsor a balloon for children?

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11 Responses to Kiddie Punters
schmerica_ schmerica_ 1:35 pm 12 Mar 07

Yeah, I grew up around horse racing and betting. Used to place bets when I was 13 at the tracks.

LurkerGal LurkerGal 1:33 pm 12 Mar 07

My 10 year old does better at the greyhounds on a sunday night than my partner or I ever have!

bonfire bonfire 1:25 pm 12 Mar 07

we used to go to the tab at lunchtime when we were in highschool. in school uniform. never hada prob putting a bet on. the fact we all poured out of a mini in front of the tab might have helped.

ahhh memories.

barking toad barking toad 1:24 pm 12 Mar 07

All children should be taught about gambling.

It helps with their maths skills and has them ready to open a phone account with ACTTAB as soon as they are old enough.

Maelinar Maelinar 1:19 pm 12 Mar 07

What legitimate call would ACTTAB have for several thousand inflatable baloons ?

Serious marketing blunder.

crabb crabb 1:07 pm 12 Mar 07

I hate kiddies. The word, that is.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt VYBerlinaV8 now_with_added grunt 1:00 pm 12 Mar 07

ACTTAB probably got ‘volunteered’ to produce the balloons for kiddies. Why no stick your logo on them?

If kiddies go out an gamble, blame the parents – it’s their fault!

louise louise 12:47 pm 12 Mar 07

Kiddies just like helium balloons. Using paperboy’s logic, our kiddies have variously been influenced by the ALP, the Libs (on the same day in some elections!), retail outlets, Actew, cancer research,…

The kiddies don’t care, as long as they don’t accidentally let go of the balloon. Anyway, they were too young to even read for a few years.

A better ethical investment may have been, however, gamblers annonymous.

schmerica_ schmerica_ 12:10 pm 12 Mar 07

Instead of being approached by kids to buy them cigarettes, they’ll be asking you to put $10 on number 5 , race 7 at Randwick for a win.

bonfire bonfire 12:08 pm 12 Mar 07

i bet they are

schmerica_ schmerica_ 11:59 am 12 Mar 07

I don’t think young kids are going to be that influenced by a sponsor on a balloon they were once given at some event

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