Gambling advertising, and in particular live odds during the
broadcast of events, has been the subject of much attention and
debate in Australia recently.
The Broadcasting Services Amendment (Advertising for Sports
Betting) Bill 2013 [No. 2] 2013 is another attempt to address
this issue. The Bill was introduced by Senator Richard Di Natale of
the Greens party and read for the first time in the House of
The Bill, if passed, would:
ban all gambling ads before 9pm;
ban all odds during sport and sports related programs; and
prevent information about sports betting during a broadcast if
the information is provided by a commentator that has paid to
broadcast the information.
This goes much further than the restrictions proposed by the
Prime Minister on 26 May 2013 (which would ban live odds, ban the
broadcast of gambling representatives and limit gambling
advertising to scheduled breaks in play).
The proposed restrictions would have a significant impact on
industry operators, who would effectively be prevented from
advertising during the broadcast of events, except in very narrow
Given that the report by the Joint Select Committee on Gambling
Reform on the advertising and promotion of gambling services in
sport is not due until 28 June 2013, it is highly unlikely that
there will be enough support to pass this Bill. We will continue to
monitor its progress.
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