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Missing the Jackpot? The Proliferation of Gambling in Australia and its Effect on Local Communities

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Research assessing the consequences of gambling proliferation fails to recognise the influence of local circumstances on its costs and benefits. The consequences of new gambling facilities need to be assessed at the community level. The introduction of poker machines to hotels in the South Australian town of Peterborough has exacerbated pre-existing socio-economic problems associated with the wider effects of the rural crisis. The growth of gambling worldwide requires new policies that reflect the current geographies of gambling.
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Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: School of Geography, Planning, Archaeology and Paleoanthropology at The University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales 2531, Australia.

Publication date: 1998-11-01

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