House debates

Tuesday, 23 May 2023

Statements by Members

Gambling Advertising

1:48 pm

Photo of Aaron VioliAaron Violi (Casey, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

On Sunday afternoon, before I jumped on a plane up here to Canberra, I was excited to spend some time with my family. It doesn't happen very often, as we know, but my daughter and my son and I got to sit down to watch the football. For us, as Collingwood supporters, it's a good time to watch the football—nine and one, sitting one game clear on the top of the ladder. So we were looking forward to that.

About eight or nine minutes before the game started, it cut to an ad. It cut to an infomercial where a betting company talked about the odds on the game, the first goal kicker, multis and multiple other things for over a minute. The most distressing part of that was that my two children were there and my seven-year-old daughter said to me: 'Dad, what are the odds? What are they talking about? What does that mean?' She shouldn't be having those conversations. We should have been enjoying a game of footy.

That's why I'm so excited and so proud of the opposition leader, Peter Dutton, announcing that we will ban betting ads from an hour before games to an hour after games so families can enjoy their sport together without seven-year-olds and nine-year-olds having to understand what betting odds are and how that influences the game. I support betting. Everyone's free to have a bet. I don't mind a bet every now and then as adults. But young children should not be subject to those odds, and parents shouldn't be having those conversations and normalising that behaviour. So I hope the government will work with us on this policy.