Post-print of: Hing, N 2002, 'The emergence of problem gambling as a corporate social issue in Australia', International Gambling Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 101-122.
The publisher version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14459790208732302
Commercial gambling recently has expanded exponentially in Australia such that annual gambling losses now total over $12 billion dollars, representing $886 per adult and 3.4 percent of household disposable income (Tasmanian Gaming Commission 2000). In tandem with this expansion, problem gambling has emerged as a significant social issue. This paper documents how the epistemic community, governments, gambling operators and pressure groups have advanced this issue by tracking their changing stances and the widening expectational gaps between them. It develops an integrated lifecycle model of problem gambling to demonstrate how these four stakeholders have propelled the issue along its lifecycle to the point where resolving it requires substantial alterations in how gambling is operated, marketed and managed.