GAMBLING

GAMBLING

Policy
Australia should better manage problem gambling and reduce per capita losses.

Policy Methods (Federal)
To help achieve this Australia should:

  • Prohibit sports betting agency advertising and promotions as follows:
    • On all sports broadcasting from beginning to end;
    • Before 10:30pm on all television, radio and online broadcasting, programming and promotions;
    • In all newspapers other than in designated sports sections;
    • On and in all sports stadiums, other than at designated betting shops.

Policy Methods (State)
To help achieve this Australia should:

  • Implement the Productivity Commission’s recommendation for $1 maximum poker machine bets per spin, limiting losses to around $120 per hour.
  • Poker machine numbers should be capped at current levels in all States and Territories, with a gradual phase out in all pubs and clubs according to an appropriate timeframe for each State/Territory.
  • Engage in broad community consultation prior to the building or material expansion of any casinos.

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