Senate debates

Monday, 26 March 2018

Bills

Communications Legislation Amendment (Online Content Services and Other Measures) Bill 2017; In Committee

9:42 pm

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

by leave—I now move amendments (1) to (4) on sheet 8395 together:

(1) Schedule 1, item 13, page 6 (after line 14), after subsection 125A(5), insert:

   Prohibition of gambling promotional content between 5.00 am and 8.30 pm

  (5A) A gambling promotion program standard must prohibit the broadcast by a broadcasting service of gambling promotional content between 5.00 am and 8.30 pm:

  (a) during a broadcast by the service of a sporting event (whether or not the broadcast is live); and

  (b) during a broadcast by the service of a program classified as "G".

(2) Schedule 1, item 13, page 8 (line 23), omit paragraph 125A(11) (b), substitute:

(b) ending:

  (i) if the sporting event starts between 5.00 am and 8.30 pm—30 minutes after the conclusion of the sporting event; or

  (ii) otherwise—5 minutes after the conclusion of the sporting event.

(3) Schedule 1, item 22, page 22 (after line 3), after subclause 13(1) of Schedule 8, insert:

   Prohibition of gambling promotional content between 5.00 am and 8.30 pm

  (1A) The online content service provider rules must prohibit the provision of gambling promotional content by an online content service provider between 5.00 am and 8.30 pm:

  (a) during coverage provided by the online content service provider of a sporting event (whether live or not); and

  (b) during the provision by the online content service provider of content classified as "G".

(4) Schedule 1, item 22, page 29 (line 5), omit paragraph 21(1) (b) of Schedule 8, substitute:

(b) ending:

  (i) if the sporting event starts between 5.00 am and 8.30 pm—30 minutes after the conclusion of the sporting event; or

  (ii) otherwise—5 minutes after the conclusion of the sporting event.

These amendments fit within the regulatory framework proposed by the government in the bill and have the effect of a prohibition on all gambling ads during the hours of 5 am to 8.30 pm during G-rated programs and any live sporting events across platforms, regardless of whether the event is live or not. In instances where a sporting event has started but not finished before 8.30 pm, the NXT amendments will also extend the prohibition of gambling ads to 30 minutes after the conclusion of the sporting event. I urge the chamber to support these amendments. Children and adolescents should not be subjected to harmful gambling ads during live sporting events which continue past 8.30 pm as they continue to watch their sporting heroes to the end of the game.

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