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MR: Christian Lobby congratulates SA Premier for “live odds” ban
· July 05, 2013 10:00 AM
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
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MR: ACL welcomes PM’s bid to curb sports betting promotion
· May 26, 2013 10:00 AM
Sunday May 26, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed the Prime Minister’s crackdown on the promotion of betting odds during sports broadcasts.
ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the television industry’s proposed curbs to live odds promotion should be extended to include a total ban on all gambling advertising before, during and after sporting broadcasts.
This was the main recommendation in ACL’s submissions last week to Free TV Australia and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA).
“It is not healthy for children to be socialised into gambling through sports betting advertising,” Mr Shelton said.
“So many parents are keen for their kids to be active in sport because it has always been a teacher of positive character values such as perseverance and teamwork. The encroachment of gambling into sports broadcasting undermines this.”
Mr Shelton noted that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott had earlier this month said if the Coalition was elected it would ban live odds promotion during sports broadcasts.
“It is great to see bi-partisan support for the option of legislation as the television industry does not have a good track record in enforcing its voluntary codes.”
MR: ACL calls for TV industry to ban all sports betting advertising during a broadcast of a game
· May 20, 2013 10:00 AM
Tuesday 21st May 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby has made a submission to the self-regulated TV bodies calling for both live odds and betting advertising to be prohibited during a broadcast of a game on free to air and subscription television.
Managing Director Lyle Shelton said proposed changes to the Free TV Australia and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) codes to ban live odd promotion during play and by commentators doesn’t go far enough.
“ACL would like to see sports commentators prohibited from promoting betting altogether and not just limited to live odds but also preventing advertisements like we see from Tom Waterhouse being aired in ad breaks,” he said.
While ACL welcomed changes to the code, he was concerned it would be effectively toothless as television industry self-regulation did not have a good track record.
“Watching sport is often a family affair and mum and dad shouldn’t have to worry about their kids being socialised into gambling in the form of gambling advertisements,” he said.
“Gambling is a serious issue and one that affects many Australians. There are enormous social and economic costs on families and children are the ones who suffer most.
“Sports gambling has the potential to encourage sportsmen and women to take bribes and be corrupted. Sport would be better off without a gambling industry attached to it,” he said.
Submissions to the Free TV Australia and Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) codes closed yesterday, Monday May 20.
You can find read more about the Free TV Australia codes
and Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association
Read ACL's Submission
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