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Losing streak: how Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry


Boyce, J, Losing streak: how Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry, Redback, Australia, pp. 248. ISBN 9781863959100 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

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The story begins with the toppling of a premier, and ends with David Walsh, the man behind MONA, taking an eccentric stand against pokie machines and the political status quo.

It is a story of broken politics and back-room deals. It shows how giving one company the licence to all poker machines in the most disadvantaged state in the country has lead to several hundred million dollars of profits (Mainly from problem gamblers) being diverted from public use, through a series of questionable and poorly understood deals.

Losing streak is a meticulous, compelling case study in governance failure, which has implications for pokies reform throughout Australia.

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Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:gambling, politics, tasmania,
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Other history, heritage and archaeology
Research Field:Other history, heritage and archaeology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Boyce, J (Mr James Boyce)
ID Code:122963
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-12-07
Last Modified:2018-05-22

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