Thomas Paine and the literature of revolution by Edward Larkin

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What is clear is that generalisation of risk factors from one jurisdiction to another must not be assumed without supporting evidence. Research Requirements Ellen Langer (1975) in her study of the illusion of control used a sequence of ecologically valid settings, one of which was a lottery purchase, primarily because during pilot studies she had found the phenomenon difficult to demonstrate in the laboratory. The need for ecological validity was specifically evaluated for gambling by the seminal study of Anderson & Brown (1984).

Only then can the conclusions drawn here, and limits to generalisation, be understood and debated. A focus on the Australian gambling context runs the risk that the research Definitions of Gambling 7 presented and discussed becomes isolated from the main body of the literature. However there is evidence in the literature that the failure to take the sometimes unique context of a particular jurisdiction or a particular type of gambling product into account has resulted in findings being inappropriately generalised to other settings, for example the association between the preference for certain gambling products and the occurrence of harmful impacts.

Similarly over half of the revenue arises from EGMs whether in clubs, hotels or casinos that is over 5% of own-tax revenues (excluding federally allocated income). g. in NSW 1 per 40) that is so very different from almost every other jurisdiction worldwide. 1. In Nova Scotia for example the density of EGMs 10 The Research Context (video lottery terminals) is about 1 per 180 adults, once again available in hotels/ bars as well as casinos (Schrans & Schellinck, 2004). , 1998) (are “regular” players, Productivity Commission, 1999).

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