At The Salvation Army, we know there are no ‘winners’ from uncontrolled gambling … except for those who collect the losses. Meanwhile, we have to pick up the pieces after gambling has destroyed people and their families.
It’s not popular to be angry about what gambling can do to people. People may point to an event like the Spring Racing Carnival and say it’s just a bit of fun.
Clearly they have never sat down with the teenage boy who has to go to school in smelly old gym gear because a parent’s gambling problem meant they couldn’t afford to buy a school uniform.
They’ve never talked to a heart-broken young mother like Lucy, who was convinced her plumber husband was having an affair.