Wanna Bet?
by Costello Tim (9781865083711)

Wanna Bet?
Costello Tim
Release Date: 01 November 2000
Format: Paperback
Pages: 296
Category: Social Issues & Processes
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781865083711

A powerful and revelatory expose of the massive expansion of the 'gaming' industry in Australia over the past decade, and a challenge to the mythology that has fostered it.
Australians have long been told that they are natural gamblers; that they 'love to gamble'. The notion of the great Aussie gambler is the core of the 'luck myth' entrenched in the traditional view of Australian Culture. This book challenges the myth, its origins and the way it has been exploited by the gambling industry to create a four-fold growth in gambling since 1970... In this fresh and vigorous review of the gambling phenomenon, the Reverend Tim Costello's experience in helping problem gamblers and challenging gambling promoters combines with the probing investigations of journalist Royce Millar. Wanna Bet? is a powerful and accessible expose of commercial gambling's rampant growth, the complicity of governments and the impact on individuals and communities... It is also a thoughtful exploration of gambling traditions and debates, offering insights on social, moral and symbolic aspects of gambling and its part in Australian culture - past, present and future.

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