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Waterhouse makes mockery of live odds reform

Australian Greens spokesperson for sport and gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, said this morning that presence of Tom Waterhouse in the broadcast of the first NRL game in the 2013 season, shows that proposed reforms to the broadcast of live odds are dead on arrival.

“Gambling advertisements and odds are blight on Australian sport and they risk creating another generation of problem gamblers,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Minister Conroy supports industry-regulated codes on the broadcast of live odds but last night the weakness of those changes were highlighted.

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Labor taken for a spin by pokies industry: Greens

Australian Greens spokesperson on gambling, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that Labor's cave-in to the pokies industry has been exposed but it still has one last chance to help problem gamblers.
“The Senate Inquiry into my $1 bet bill today has shown that it has always been the best option for gambling reform.
“Labor had an opportunity to enact a simple, effective and popular reform that would have helped reduce the harm from pokies but instead it caved in to pressure from vested interests, just like it did on the mining tax.

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Greens bill to ban broadcast of betting odds during sport

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.

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Senate establishes inquiry into gambling and sport

The Australian Senate today voted in favour of a motion from Greens Senator, Dr Richard Di Natale, to conduct an inquiry into the impact of advertising and promotion of gambling on sport.

“As a sports tragic and former VFA footballer I am committed to maintaining the integrity of our major sporting codes.

“But turning a footy match into an interactive gambling experience brings with it the increased risk of match fixing. Revelations today about links between organised crime and sporting codes should demonstrate just how real that threat has become in Australia.

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Greens to move for inquiry into gambling and sport

Greens spokesperson for both gambling and sport, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that he would move for an inquiry into the promotion of gambling in sport.

“Sports betting advertising is out of control and kids are finding it hard to know where a game of sport ends and gambling begins,” said Senator Di Natale.

“10 years ago kids used to collect footy cards, now they follow the odds of their favourite player winning the Brownlow.

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