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Greens launch policy to get gambling out of sport

Media Release
Richard Di Natale 17 Aug 2013

Australian Greens spokesperson for gambling and sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, today unveiled the Greens policy to end the constant barrage of gambling ads in modern Australian sport.

“Today I’m announcing reforms that put some space between gambling and sport so that we protect our kids from becoming the next generation of problem gamblers,” said Senator Di Natale.

“The Greens want to make it easier for people to be able to sit down with their kids to watch a game of footy without being bombarded by constant messages to bet.”

There are four planks to the Greens policy: a ban gambling sponsorship of sports teams; a ban all gambling ads before 9PM; a ban on all odds during sport and sports related programs, like The Footy Show; and a ban on gambling ads being integrated into broadcasts.

“The Greens put this issue on the agenda earlier this year by establishing a Senate inquiry into the problem. Julia Gillard tried to take the heat out of the debate by announcing some modest reforms but we need to do much more and it's time for Kevin Rudd to explain his views on the issue.

“The number of betting ads on TV has quadrupled over the last two years and people have just had enough. It's time to separate gambling from sport or we risk tarnishing our iconic Australian sporting codes and normalising gambling for our kids.

“Our kids have begun to understand sport through the prism of gambling. Once upon a time they used to collect footy cards, now they follow the odds of their favourite player winning the Brownlow.

“People are looking for meaningful action on this issue and so far only the Greens are standing up for Australian sports fans.”

Campaign video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yhtecXC4TY

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