Senate debates

Monday, 12 September 2016



3:57 pm

Photo of Stirling GriffStirling Griff (SA, Nick Xenophon Team) Share this | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senators Kakoschke-Moore and Xenophon, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) more than $800 million was lost by Australians on legal sports betting in the 2014-15 financial year, an increase of more than 30 per cent from 2013-14,

  (ii) while some restrictions on gambling advertising exist, there is an exemption that allows gambling advertising during televised sporting events at children's viewing times,

  (iii) research shows that children are especially susceptible to such advertising, and

  (iv) there is a pressing need to ban gambling advertising particularly during children's viewing times;

(b) calls on the Government to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to ban gambling advertising during sporting broadcasts during children's viewing times; and

(c) further notes community concern about the recent increased level of gambling advertising on the Special Broadcasting Service, and calls on the Minister for Communications to issue a directive under section 11 of the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to limit the amount of such advertising.


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