Friday, 5th July 2013

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has today congratulated the South Australian Premier, Jay Weatherill, for implementing a full ban on live odds advertising on radio and television, and on ground signage during sporting events.

“This is great news for South Australians, particularly for parents who no longer have to worry about their kids being socialised into gambling in the form of advertisements,” ACL spokesperson Dan Flynn said

“It was pleasing to see the Independent Gambling Authority acknowledge the submission of the SA Heads of Churches Gambling Taskforce which advocated for the prohibition on quoting live odds - a strategy which it said targeted young men who were at a higher risk of problem gambling,” he said.

Although acknowledging the move as a much-needed step in regulating the gambling industry, Mr Flynn said regulation may need to be legislated.

“At present, it’s proposed the live odds betting ban will be achieved by changing the gaming licensees’ codes of conduct. Should the changes to the code not match the rhetoric, the Parliament should take up the option proposed by Family First MLC Dennis Hood and enshrine the ban in the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Bill currently before the Legislative Council,” Mr Flynn said.

In May, the ACL made a submission to Free TV Australia on proposed amendments to the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice, which would regulate the promotion of live odds during the broadcasting of sporting events.

Read ACL’s submission here.

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