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Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Page: 2630


Senator KAKOSCHKE-MOORE (South Australia) (16:20): I, and also on behalf of Senator Xenophon and Senator Griff, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the National Consumer Protection Framework, in relation to interactive gambling, is currently being developed,

   (ii) Commonwealth, state and territory gambling ministers are meeting regarding the Framework on 31 March 2017,

   (iii) the Framework is being developed as a response to the O'Farrell Review and that gaming ministers are aiming to develop a better harm-minimisation strategy around online services,

   (iv) currently, harm-minimisation strategies are a matter for states and territories, despite the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth) (IGA) regulating electronic gambling,

   (v) there is no national gambling regulator and the Nick Xenophon Team's amendment to the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016, to establish a national regulator, was rejected by the Government,

   (vi) the Framework will not apply to land-based betting,

   (vii) land-based betting includes electronic betting terminals (EBTs) which are permitted under the IGA but harm-minimisation strategies are regulated by states and territories,

   (viii) statistics show at least 400,000 Australians either have a significant gambling addiction or are showing signs of developing a problem - the Productivity Commission has also stated that every problem gambler impacts on average on seven other people, and

   (ix) the harm caused by gambling, such as financial hardship, relationship breakdown and emotional harm is the same, regardless of what form of gambling the harm arises from; and

(b) calls on the Government to develop and apply the National Consumer Protection Framework to land-based betting, as well as online gambling.