Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Hon Terry Waldron MLA

Former Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming

    WA moves to ban live odds at sports venues

    7/07/2013 12:00 AM
    • State Government cracks down on live odds advertising at sport venues
    • Move reflects community concern over intrusion of gambling advertising
    • Legislation aims to protect children from normalisation of sport gambling

    The State Government is moving to ban on-ground advertising of live betting odds at sporting venues during sporting events.


    Premier Colin Barnett announced that the Government will legislate to allow it to restrict the promotion of live odds at sporting grounds.


    Mr Barnett said the ban would include advertising live betting odds on big screens at sporting grounds, such as Patersons Stadium and NiB Stadium.


    “This move reflects widespread community concern about the intrusion of gambling advertising into sporting events,” he said.


    “The most worrying aspect is that children watching sporting events are being bombarded with gambling advertising.


    “We don’t want young West Australian fans conditioned to think that gambling is an essential part of their favourite sport.


    “We want them to go to our stadiums to watch their sporting heroes, not the latest odds being offered by the bookmakers to entice people to place a bet.”


    The Premier said the move was intended to prohibit the on-ground promotion of live odds, but could be extended to restrict gambling advertising on signs and billboards if necessary.


    Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the State Government move was part of a nationwide agreement.


    “Western Australia joined all States and Territories in supporting national action to ban the advertising of live gambling odds during sporting broadcasts on television,” Mr Waldron said.


    “In order for it to be effective, the Federal Government had to take the first step with action on broadcasts as a part of that agreement. The State Government’s ban on on-ground advertising of live odds completes the picture and provides even more protection for children and at-risk gamblers.


    “WA’s major stadiums have taken the proactive step of removing live odds early, but with the new ban on broadcasting live odds, bookmakers will be looking for any other avenue to advertise them - this legislation closes that window of opportunity.”


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    • The amendments will need to be drafted and passed by Parliament, before the necessary regulations are drawn up.

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