Australia worries gambling is hurting the nation's youth
The normalization of society's attitudes toward gambling are causing enormous problems, says the government.
BY: Rob Kerby
Three fourths of all Australians have a problem with gambling. Although the country only has 22 million people -- fewer than the entire state of Texas -- Aussies spend nearly $12 billion a year on poker machines alone.
And that has the Australian government worried about its next generation.
"Many Australians enjoy an occasional flutter," says a government website.
"However for some, gambling can be highly destructive – ruining lives and destroying families. As a community, we have a duty of care to make gambling on poker machines safer and protect people whose gambling is out of control. As a result, several members of Australia's parliament are asking that all gambling advertising be banned during hours that children are viewing TV, according to the Australian daily newspaper.