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Children and gambling   Maths and English program may prevent teens from developing gambling problem (smh.com.au) 13 Oct 2014
Included in the story is information from the Responsible Gambling Foundation that "about 3-4 per cent of teenagers could already be classified as 'problem gamblers'."

Spoof KidBet ad mocks sports betting advertising (theage.com.au) 9 Oct 2013
A mock betting advertisement features in a new campaign drawing attention to the increased exposure of teenagers and other young people to gambling advertisements on television.


Cup sweeps a gambling risk for young: welfare group (ABC News)
An ABC news report which states that (at least one state's) Education Department guidelines require parental permission before children can become involved in Melbourne Cup sweeps.

Economic and social downside

 

 

Spring Racing Carnival glamour hides dark side of problem gambling (abc.net.au) 26 Oct 2017
Substantial numbers of people who bet on the horses gamble more money thasn they can afford to lose.

Melbourne Cup: Should you reallybe celebrating??(hcamag.com)(hcamag.com)
From the perspective of employers, it needs to be remembered that Melbourne Cup workplace activities have the potential to lower productivity and to be offensive to some employees. For example, employees can be opposed to the Cup on the basis of:From the perspective of employers, it needs to be remembered that Melbourne Cup workplace activities have the potential to lower productivity and to be offensive to some employees. For example, employees can be opposed to the Cup on the basis of:
- family and religious valuess
- animal rights considerations, andd
- the general association with gambling and alcoholl

See alsoo Animal welfareebelow..

Economic benefitsEconomic benefits   Melbourne Cup a winner for national economy (thenewdaily.com.au)
30 Oct 2014
What are the economic benefits of Australia's biggest horseracing event?

Animal welfare   The ugly side of the Melbourne Cup (news.com.au)
Many race horses suffer injuries and many are not euthanased at the earliest opportunity when they should be. And what happens to the horses when they are retired from racing? Animal rights activists and Racing Victoria give their views.

BTN: Horse Whipping (abc.net.au)
THere are differences of opinion over whether whips hurt horses, and even over whether they are really effective anyway.

Horse Whip (abc.net.au)
ABC program Catalyst takes a medical and scientific approach to examining the issue of whipping race horses.

The dark side of the Melbourne Cup (johnkaye.org.au)
In this speech presented in the NSW Legislative Council, Greens politician John Kaye argues that the Melbourne Cup perpetuates:
- the social harms caused by gambling, and
- the exploitation of horses, with "appalling animal welfare outcomes".


Social licence   Why horse-racing in Australia needs a social licence to operate (theconversation.com) 3 Nov 2017
Presents infographics on the advantages and disadvantages of the horse-racing industry.

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