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Greens bill to ban broadcast of betting odds during sport

Media Release
Richard Di Natale 13 Feb 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport and gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, today announced a Greens bill to restrict the promotion of betting odds in sport.

"People hate being bombarded by messages to bet when they just want to enjoy a game of footy or cricket,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Today I’m announcing a bill that would ban the broadcast of all betting odds during sports or sports related programming. It was also ban the advertising of betting odds on television, radio and online.

“The government came to a deal with broadcasters last year on the broadcast of live odds but the weak outcome means that the barrage of betting odds in sports broadcasts will continue.

“Kids are finding it very difficult to understand where a game of footy ends and gambling begins. If we fail to act now to protect our kids, we risk creating another generation of problem gamblers.

“Sports betting is here to stay and nobody is suggesting we should ban it. But we need to put some limits on gambling advertising and promotion and this is an important first step.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by messages of support since I moved an inquiry into the promotion of gambling and sport. Jeff Kennett and Colin Barnett have come out in favour of restricting the promotion of sports betting and I have personally written to both of them to ask them to make submissions to the inquiry.

“I will release an exposure draft of the bill as a starting point but I hope the inquiry will recommend further restrictions on advertising and sponsorship.”

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