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Thursday, 28 June 2018
Page: 4311

Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (12:16): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CHISHOLM: Labor supports this motion. Labor acknowledges there is some community debate and concern that the 'loot box' feature can normalise spending behaviour in a gaming context and potentially act as a precursor to problem gambling behaviour. Labor notes the research into the impacts on young people of gambling-like elements in games and simulated gambling in its early stages. A recent study suggests that, for some children, playing social casino games leads to an increase in gambling activity while for other children it can reduce their interest in real gambling. Finally, Labor acknowledges that this is an area that may benefit from clarification around potential harms, regulatory definitions and responsibilities in the current consumer protection and regulatory framework.

Question agreed to.