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   12   Gambling advertising

Mr Wilkie, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        notes that:

(a)        more than $800 million was lost by Australians on legal sports betting in 2014-15, an increase of more than 30 per cent from 2013-14;

(b)        while some restrictions on gambling advertising exist, there is an exemption that allows gambling advertising during televised sporting events at children’s viewing times; and

(c)        research shows that children are especially susceptible to such advertising;

(2)        recognises the pressing need to act to reduce the level of gambling advertising, particularly during children’s viewing times;

(3)        calls on the Government to amend the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to ban gambling advertising during sporting broadcasts; and

(4)        further notes community concern about the recent increased level of gambling advertising on the SBS, and calls on the Minister for Communications to issue a directive under section 11 of the Special Broadcasting Service Act 1991 to limit the amount of such advertising.

Debate ensued.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.