The Mutuels in Australia., Daily Racing Form, 1914-05-06


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THE MUTUELS IN AUSTRALIA. The use of the totalisator or pari lentuel system is not universal on Australian race courses, but it will be if the slates which still retain the book making system lake the advice of the Australian Natives AssociatJoa, perhaps the most powerful national body in the great southern coinmoiiw calth. 11stralian Natives Association at its recent annual conference declared in favor of elective ministries the permanent residence of the governor in Victoria and various other poMciea, one of Which was the legalizing of the totalisator wherever it was not iu use. and the abolition of the bookmaklag system. Of the conditions in some other states The Melbourne Australasian, published iu a state which retains bookinaking. says: "The South Australian clubs are all doing pretty well, and they have- no I rot 1 ing or other unregistered proprietaries using the totalisator and interfering with the better form of s|H rt. The clubs around Adelaide charge ten per cent, and a quarter of this goes to the govern meat. Opponents of the machine say this is tea inui-li. that the totalisator cannot lose, and so on. but the fact remains that on a ten per cent, basis the totalisator can lay its patrons better odds to their money than can the bookmaker, who has to make his living out of the game. Hie dividends sh,,w Ibis. The totalisator does not pay less ov.-r favorites, and it pays a great deal more over out siders. F.veu iu Queensland the totalisator holds iis own. and there the percentage charged the pub-lie who bet with the machine is exorbitant. And iu Queensland proprietary rluba can us,, the total eater, and ran almost as often as they like."

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