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Last Bets

July 1st, 2014

Episode 48 of 83 episodes

Australians have always loved a punt – on the horses, card games, two up or the lotto – but in recent decades the prolific increase of poker machines, casinos and online betting has given us the sad ranking of number one in the world for per capita gambling losses. Problem gambling and addiction has had devastating consequences for thousands of people. For everyone else, betting has changed our social landscape and intruded in many areas of our lives we cannot control. Why do Australians love to gamble? What limits should there be on betting and advertising? What can governments and communities do to counter its ill-effects? On the next Fifth Estate, series host Sally Warhaft is joined by anti-gambling campaigner and independent Senator Nick Xenophon and author Michaela McGuire, whose new book Last Bets examines the gaps between ethics and the law. The Fifth Estate For the last two years, anthropologist and broadcaster Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor. Her fortnightly live interview series continues in 2014 as she reacts to the latest stories whipping up a storm in the media. Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the political and cultural world, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to the events – check the series page for updates.. Follow along on Twitter: #FifthEstate Podcast Couldn’t attend? You don’t have to miss out. Download the podcast here (mp3, 29.2mb).

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