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37    Political donations—Gambling industry

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1380—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the gambling industry donated almost $3 million dollars to the Liberal, Labor and Australian Conservatives political parties in 2017-18,

                                    (ii)       these donations came from sports betting companies, casinos and poker machine operators,

                                  (iii)       the Australian Hotels Association was the second largest political donor in the country for the 2017-18 year, with declared political gifts leaping from $153,000 in 2016-17 to $1.1 million last financial year,

                                  (iv)       Australia has the world’s worst per-capita gambling losses of $1000 a head,

                                   (v)       there are at least 115,000 Australians at the moment who are directly and seriously harmed by gambling, and another 280,000 experiencing significant risk,

                                  (vi)       for every person directly harmed by gambling, between 5 and 10 friends, family and others, including employers, are also affected - this means that up to 5 million Australians could be negatively affected,

                                (vii)       online wagering is the fastest growing gambling segment, with over $1.4 billion gambled online each year,

                               (viii)       pokies cause the most harm, with three out of four people being harmed by gambling, principally using poker machines, and

                                  (ix)       enormous donations from the gambling lobby to the major political parties has resulted in consecutive Australian governments failing to support harm-minimisation reforms that would help protect people from predatory gambling; and

               (b)       calls on the Federal Government to:

                                     (i)       ban corporate donations from the gambling industry,

                                    (ii)       introduce evidence-based harm-minimisation and product safety measures to reduce the development of problem gambling, and to assist gamblers to limit their expenditure,

                                  (iii)       phase out poker machines, and, in the meantime, implement $1 maximum bets per spin, $20 machine load-up limits, and $500 jackpot limits, and mandatory pre-commitment for pokies and sports betting, and

                                  (iv)       ban sports betting advertisements during the broadcast of sporting events and children’s viewing times.

Statement by leave : Senator Chisholm, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 12

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Rice

Storer

Faruqi

McKim

Siewert*

Waters

Griff

Patrick

Steele-John

Whish-Wilson

 

 

NOES, 40

Senators—

Anning

Gallacher

Martin

Reynolds

Bilyk

Georgiou

McCarthy

Ruston

Brockman

Gichuhi

McGrath

Ryan

Burston

Hanson

Molan

Sinodinos

Carr

Hinch

Moore

Smith, David

Chisholm

Hume

O’Neill

Smith, Dean

Colbeck

Keneally

O’Sullivan

Sterle

Duniam

Kitching

Paterson

Stoker

Fierravanti-Wells

Leyonhjelm

Payne

Urquhart*

Fifield

Marshall

Pratt

Williams

* Tellers

Question negatived.