Australian Greens spokesperson for sport and gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, today released an exposure draft of a Greens bill that would ban the broadcast of betting odds during sports and sports-related programming.
“People should be able to sit down with their kids to watch a game of footy without being bombarded with betting odds,” said Senator Di Natale. “It’s becoming increasingly hard for young kids to know where the sport ends and the gambling begins.
“10 years ago kids used to collect footy cards, now they follow the odds of their favourite player winning the Brownlow. If we are not careful we run the risk of creating a whole new generation of problem gamblers.
“The proposed code on the broadcast of betting odds is far too weak and legislation is clearly needed. Today I’m releasing an exposure draft of a Greens bill that would ban the broadcast of all betting odds during sports matches and sports-related programmes like The Footy Show.
“I’ve been encouraged by comments from other parties and independents on my inquiry into this issue. I hope that they can get behind this bill and we can legislate before the election.
“I note that over the weekend Gai Waterhouse took issue with my criticisms of her son. I hope Tom Waterhouse is big enough to fight his own battles and agrees to explain himself at my Gambling Inquiry.
“But this isn’t about Tom Waterhouse or the Greens – it’s about making sure families can enjoy a game of sport without having betting adds shoved down their throats.”
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