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"Across Australia, at both a state and federal level, successive governments have ignored both expert advice and public opinion, and have instead pandered to the interests of the gambling industry."

Author Drew Rooke grew up looking forward to visits to the Canterbury Leagues Club, where families could get a cheap and hearty feed while barracking for their favourite rugby team on the big screens. What Drew didn't know then was that in the same establishment, hundreds of pokie machines whizzed and purred, and many of the people using them were heavily addicted. As Drew writes in his new book, One Last Spin: The power and peril of the pokies, 'Australia’s poker machines are one of the most intense forms of gambling available in the world'. 

New South Wales was the second jurisdiction - just behind Nevada in the US - to legalise pokies, and a Sydney manufacturer continues to be at the forefront of pokie machine design and production.

One Last Spin is a shocking investigation into the gambling's industry's power over politicians. It lays out how governments line their pockets with the billions fed to poker machines while gambling addicts' lives fall apart, and how the industry uses NRA-style techniques to block legislation that would help addicts, yet stem their profits.

In this podcast, Drew talks about the techniques poker machines use to beguile gamblers, the science of pokie addiction, and how his faith in the government to protect Australia's most vulnerable has been lost.

Listen to the interview with the author on Apple Podcasts or Souncloud now, or read a Q&A with Drew here. 

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