Australian Debate On Gambling Reforms Heats Up

Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016 -
Australian Debate On Gambling Reforms Heats Up

Australia has always been a place that takes its politics seriously especially when it comes to regulating the online gambling industry in the nation. The Australian Wagering Council has now made to effort to stem concerns over the advertising of sports betting in Australia’s media.

Independent political parliament members Nick Xenophon and Andrew Wilkie have warned the major parties they will start targeting marginal seats in their fight against gambling. Senator Xenophon said it is going to be a "potent issue" by the time the next election comes.

Xenophon commented, "There's one thing the gambling lobby can't compete with no matter how many millions they pour into the campaign, the fact is there are literally hundreds and thousands of Australians hurt by gambling addictions," "Conservatively, one in 10 Australians are being affected by gambling addiction in this country and that's a very significant constituency that can't be ignored." Mr Wilkie also commented that political donations from big gambling companies should be scrutinised. "We need reform of political donations generally and we need to do what we can to shine a light with the current laws with where the money's coming from and where it's going," Wilkie said.

Wilke and Xenophon want Australia to adopt a national approach on gambling advertising during general entertainment rated media timeslots.

Ian Fletcher, chief executive officer of the Australian Wagering Council, said: “Advertising isn’t all bad: in a globally competitive market, it informs consumers of the identity of licensed Australian-based wagering service providers where they can participate in wagering in a well-regulated environment, avoiding the significant dangers which exist from wagering with illegal offshore operators.” Fletcher continued,

“The position of AWC members on wagering advertising continues to evolve in response to community views.” “AWC members have listened to the concerns raised by the community and have told the government they want to engage to get acceptable advertising regulation in place.”




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