Victorian government proposes gambling ad crackdown

Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz. Picture: JUSTIN MCMANUS

Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz. Picture: JUSTIN MCMANUS

GAMBLING promotion could be restricted in Victoria’s public spaces, with proposed laws banning betting advertisements on roads, public transport, and within 150 metres of schools. 

Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Marlene Kairouz, said the proposal was in response to community concerns.

She said research showed three-quarters of children aged between eight and 16 years thought gambling was a normal part of sport, and two-thirds could recall at least one sports betting brand.

“Kids should be able to go to school and get home without being bombarded by betting advertising – that’s what these changes are all about,” Ms Kairouz said.

The Gambling Regulation Amendment Bill 2017 would apply to all static betting advertising, including outdoor billboards.

It is likely to be introduced to the parliament in October.

The state government also intends to amend the Gambling Regulation Act 2003.

Proposed changes would enable the minister to ban or restrict companies that enable people to bet on the outcome of lotteries in Australia and abroad.

The new powers would extend to other forms of wagering that present a higher risk of harm to the community or create consumer protection issues, according to the state government. 

“Victoria is leading the way on this issue, and it’s time for the Turnbull Government to act further on broadcast ads – to reduce the impact of betting advertising on sports fans,” Ms Kairouz said.

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