Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Gambling; Order for the Production of Documents
(1) That the Senate notes that:
(a) Sportradar is a multinational corporation headquartered in Switzerland and:
(i) the company specialises in sport data collection and dissemination,
(ii) the company provides services to sports and state authorities to monitor for match fixing, and
(b) Real Time Sportscasts is a subsidiary of Sportradar and:
(i) the company collects data from amateur sporting competitions on behalf of offshore live betting sites,
(ii) the company pays scouts to attend amateur, semi-professional and low-level sports events to collect live data and feed that data back to a global hub in the Philippines that distributes the data to international gambling sites, and
(iii) the company has been collecting information within Australia for this purpose;
(c) the Australian Federal Police have a role in policing match fixing in sports; and
(d) there is a strong public interest in openness and transparency in circumstances where a law enforcement agency enters into an agreement with a company operating in an area relating to the activity being policed.
(2) That there be laid on the table, by the Minister representing the Minister for Justice, by the start of business on 22 June 2017, a copy of the 2015 Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Federal Police and Sportradar.
This motion responds to concerns about international gambling sites collecting data from amateur sporting competitions on behalf of the offshore live betting sites. This motion would compel the production of a 2015 memorandum of understanding between the Australian Federal Police and Sportradar designed to reduce barriers to information-sharing on match fixing and related issues. Labor believes it is important to protect the integrity of Australian sport from organised crime. The AFP have said that the release of this MOU would have an adverse effect on investigation and intelligence operations, and for this reason Labor will not be supporting this motion. However, we are open to working with Senator Xenophon or the government on measures to ensure organised crime does not target Australian sport.
I am disappointed that the opposition does not see fit to support this motion. Sportradar is a multinational corporation that specialises in sports data collection and dissemination to deal with issues of match fixing. But it also has a subsidiary, Real Time Sportscast, which sends data scouts around the country to amateur sporting events, including the Tuggeranong women's basketball team, to facilitate betting on those games in other countries. For that reason I thought it was important that this motion be passed so that we can actually see what the AFP has in terms of its agreement with Sportradar and whether the AFP is aware of Real Time Sportscast and its role in facilitating online gambling in other countries on our amateur sports.