Interview with Dr Charles Livingstone, Monash University

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Period18 May 2017

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  • TitleInterview with Dr Charles Livingstone, Monash University
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletABC Canberra
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size10 mins 33 secs
    DescriptionInterview with Dr Charles Livingstone, Monash University. Bouchier says according to the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education's report, extensive community benefit from the clubs is a myth. Livingstone says they underestimate the amount of harm associated with gambling problems. He says it is better to think gambling in terms of its degree of harm, noting gambling is not far behind from the number of alcohol abuse and misuse in the ACT. He thinks the issue is a bit untouchable and its harm is felt by ordinary individual people. He explains the system of community contributions from clubs, saying the clubs are getting big tax discounts. He points out that clubs contributed largely to sports and recreation. He adds that clubs are claiming their utilities as part of their community benefit. Livingstone says clubs are rorting the system and don't provide genuine benefits to the ordinary people. He cites the UK gambling commission lottery, saying it published an annual report on where their money is spent. He says it improved transparency in the sector. Bourchier says Attorney-General said there is an oversight by Gaming and Racing. Livingstone insists it would be better if they could share the information more broadly. Bourchier says Clubs ACT said they will have to read the report first before responding.
    Producer/AuthorDan Bourchier
    PersonsCharles Livingstone