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A land going under

Chris Simpson, Alstonville

Whilst the COVID-19 monster threatens to destroy our wellbeing, our magnificent land ‘down under’ continues to suffer deep and profoundly serious social pressures.

This includes high levels of financial stress causing widespread marriage- and family-breakdown, domestic violence, increased drug and alcohol dependence, and the world’s highest level of gambling addiction.

Advertising is stuffed down our throats daily, imploring us to ‘back ourselves – but please gamble responsibly’. Why is this madness allowed to persist? Answer: pathetic pandering to the highly lucrative gambling industry in this country, by a weak and compromised government.

Statistics tell us that approximately ten per cent of Australian adults experience significant problems from gambling, so you would think that a responsible government would do the right and proper thing; that they would get the barrage of gambling advertising off our TV screens. But oh no, Iet’s continue to feed the evil beast, and the social damage be damned.


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