Wide Angle Vol 4: A Nation of G̶a̶m̶b̶l̶e̶r̶s̶ Risk Takers

by David Bruce


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Australia has long referred to itself as a nation of gamblers, but a recent Newspoll study for our regular Wide Angle series shows we are also a nation of low-level risk takers.  In a recent survey of 1,200 Australians, there was only one person who didn’t report doing at least one of the twelve risky behaviours we asked about.  Spanning computer and IT risk, financial risk and physical or health risk, 70% of people were at risky levels on seven or more of the 12.  While each individual risk is low, collectively the odds of something bad happening becomes very high – and it’s not just the stereotypical risk takers who are running the gauntlet of probability.



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