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Feb 1, 2018

Gambling donations approach $2 million and that’s before looking at the dark money

With the release of 2016-17 political donations data, the gambling industry proved once again that it's driving dark money in politics.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

Australians lost $23.6 billion gambling in 2015-16 and with annual losses rising at about $1 billion a year, the figure in 2018 is likely to reach $26 billion.

With the world’s worst per capita losses of $1000 a head, that’s an awful lot of largesse for the industry to spread around and we’ve seen it again this year in recently released 2016-17 political donations data. Gambling industry entities donated close to $2 million for the year.

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  1. AR

    A thousand per head per year. Given that nobody whom I know gambles at all, some poor bastard is pissing away a lot more than that.
    A tax on the stupid and tolerated by those who walk away from Omelas.

    1. Peter Hannigan

      I seem to remember reading somewhere that for any addiction there is usually a base rate of about 20% of the population who are the heavy users – and in this case losers.

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