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About "Wanna Bet?"
The Australians have long been told that they are natural gamblers; a notion which has formed the core of the luck myth entrenched in the traditional view of Australian culture. This book challenges the myth, its origins and the way it has been exploited by the gambling industry to create a four-fold growth in gambling since 1970.;In his review of the gambling phenomenon, the Reverend Tim Costello's experience in helping problem gamblers and challenging gambling promoters combines with the investigations of journalist Royce Millar. The book is an expose of commercial gambling's rampant growth, the complicity of governments and the impact on individuals and communities. It is also an exploration of gambling traditions and debates, offering insights on social, moral and symbolic aspects of gambling and its part in Australian culture, past and present.
Meet the Authors
Tim Costello is the head of World Vision Australia a charity that fights poverty and injustice. It is the largest charity in Australia and in 2010 it provided emergency relief to 3.2 million people around the world and food relief to 1.2 million. It ran programs to help people in poverty in 61 countries. As its charismatic and activist leader Tim travels throughout Australia and the world taking part in national and international debates on social justice issues as diverse as global poverty, gambling, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse. Tim's tireless leadership helped World Vision raise $100 million in Australia to assist tsunami relief. Tim was named Australian of the Year in 2004 and was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in 2005. His previous books include Streets of Hope and Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher.