Gamblers cheer as Australia’s economy crashes

April 22nd, 2009 - 6:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Kevin Rudd Sydney, April 22 (DPA) Gamblers who tipped that the government was wrong and that Australia would fall into recession this year were rewarded with big pay-outs Wednesday from internet betting agency Centrebet.
Centrebet financial analyst Neil Evans said the smart money had always been on the economy contracting in two consecutive quarters and that astute gamblers had always discounted claims that billion-dollar stimulus packages would keep the economy growing.

This week Prime Minister Kevin Rudd conceded he was wrong and that the economy would indeed go backwards in 2009.

“The up-side is that plenty of punters have backed the recession… as well as being a little more emotionally prepared for what might be coming,” Evans said.

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