8 April 2016

The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed a policy to ban gambling advertising that was announced today by the Greens.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the policy to end sports betting advertising by treating them in the same way as tobacco advertising reflected the serious damage gambling causes families and the community.

“We call on the Government and the Labor Party to support the Greens bill when it comes before parliament,” Mr Shelton said.

“Sports betting is only allowed to be conducted by adults so it is unacceptable for gambling advertisements to be thrust on children who are enjoying a game.

“There is a growing mood in the community that gambling should not be normalised and be considered an acceptable part of sport.”

Earlier this week, the ACL called for a Senate inquiry into gambling and its corrupting influence on sport.

“The ACL believes that a Senate inquiry will shine a light on the insidious encroachment of gambling that is taking the fun out of Australian sport and socialising children into gambling,” Mr Shelton said.

“We agree with calls by the Victorian Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Jane Garrett and the Alliance for Gambling Reform spokesman Tim Costello, for a national conversation on gambling, particularly looking at the impact of gambling advertising on kids and young people.

“There is enough evidence to suggest that gambling has a negative impact on those in low socio-economic regions and we have a responsibility to protect these people from the demonstrated harm that gambling causes our families and communities.

“This issue is an example of where principled public leadership is needed in the face of powerful vested interests in the gambling industry.

“As a key partner in the Alliance for Gambling Reform, the ACL welcomes the opportunity to provide input on developing terms of references for a Senate inquiry.”


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