Title

The changing landscape of Indigenous gambling in Northern Australia: current knowledge and future directions

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Young, M, Barnes, T, Stevens, M, Paterson, M & Morris, M 2007, 'The changing landscape of Indigenous gambling in Northern Australia: current knowledge and future directions', International Gambling Studies, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 327-343.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14459790701601497

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Little is formally known about the gambling practices, both regulated (e.g. poker machines) and unregulated (e.g. card games), of indigenous people in northern Australia, nor of the range of social consequences of these practices. To begin addressing this shortfall, a scoping study of indigenous gambling in the Northern Territory (NT) was conducted. This paper reports the key findings of this study and integrates them with information on indigenous gambling from the Northern Territory Prevalence Survey 2005 and from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2002. The emergent picture of indigenous gambling in the NT is one of widespread incorporation of gambling, both regulated and unregulated, into contemporary indigenous social practices with considerable negative consequence. However, the strength of this conclusion is tempered by the paucity of available data, by the limitations of existing gambling research methodologies and by the scoping purpose of the exercise.