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Monday, 20 March 2017
Page: 1471


Senator KAKOSCHKE-MOORE (South Australia) (21:16): We understand that the bill currently before the Senate deals with online and, in particular, offshore gaming. A couple of weeks ago, a bill introduced by my colleague Senator Xenophon, the Interactive Gambling Amendment (Sports Betting Reform) Bill 2015, was the subject of a public hearing in Melbourne. Evidence during that committee by Tabcorp showed that they are in fact rolling out land-based electronic betting terminals to spring and autumn racing carnivals and that those terminals, in fact, already exist in some sports stadiums across Australia.

The Nick Xenophon Team has some serious concerns in relation to these terminals. I understand it is separate to the bill being considered here to a certain degree; but given the harm that we know is caused by online sports betting and online gambling, can you advise whether or not the government is looking at incorporating the consideration of harm minimisation measures relating to land-based gambling as part of the national consumer protection framework that is currently under discussion?