If a defense is mounted at the political level, it is lukewarm at best. To quote a former premier – “There is no doubt about it, we have come to rely on gambling revenues. Perhaps in a better world we wouldn’t.”
What a great message for the more than 128,000 people directly employed in good paying jobs across the country, including the people working in the crown agencies. These are hard working upstanding people supporting families and contributing to their communities.
It’s time for gaming to be de-stigmatized, much like alcohol was. There was a time when the purchase and consumption of alcohol was regarded as unsavory and a moral failure. Now that’s all changed. Alcohol is seen as an integral part of adult social activities. What it’s all about now is taking personal responsibility, and if you drink, don’t drive. We need to foster the same sort of public attitude and opinion towards gaming.