Mechanisation and electrical machinery are introduced to monitor betting tax.
Item title reads: "The tote to be legalised. Exclusive pictures - taken specially for Pathe Gazette - of great interest, in view of betting tax controversy of the wonderful electrical Totalisator in use on Australian Racecourse..65.50m."
C/U full screen view of the tote result indicator board, showing numbers on a wooden fascia. An employee is seen entering a cubicle and operating a numbered ticket punch. C/U of hands as he works - he passes a ticket to a punter through a window.
Intertitle reads: "Human error is eliminated - error is impossible. It is impossible to back a non runner."
C/U of complex machinery for recording the results of races, with a series of cogs and numbered wheels and moving parts. M/S of the race meeting with crowds. Male and female race goers are seen collecting, placing and winning bets at the betting windows.
Note : The complex machine looks like some horrible mechanical insect with lots of arms.