1. Every Australian over 17 loses an average of $1300 a year on gambling — that’s about $22 billion for the whole country each year
Suppose that money was available to the banks who otherwise have to borrow it abroad?
2. The $2.6 billion in Victorian gambling turnover is stated to generate about $1 billion in gaming taxes for the State Government. Suppose it was all available for public benefit?
3. The money spent is ill-afforded (most Australian households are in debt). The working classes lose most because they see no other means to economic mobility, and have few if any other legal ways to experience the excitements of risk-taking. Give them more opportunities to better themselves.
4. Gambling is a noble human instinct which has been perverted.
The country itself is a gamble: its existence displays the human inclination to take risks, to attempt new ventures, to explore.
5. School maths should include the maths of gambling.
6. Alternatives to money gambling should be widely known. See http://home.vicnet.net.au/~ozideas/gambl.htm