Online gambling: Weighing up the odds

This picture of gambling in Australia comes from the Productivity Commission's report released in December 1999.

About 80 per cent of Australian adults gamble1.5 per cent of the adult population (some 130,000) have a severe gambling problem, while another 160,000 have a moderate problemProblem gamblers lose an average of $12,000 annually versus the average of $650Gambling accounts for 1.5 per cent of Australia's GDPLess than 1 per cent of Australian adults gambled online in 98/9953 per cent of Internet gamblers are 18 to 24 years old, with an average personal income of $39,000 (compared to $32,000 for other adults).

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