Greens Launch Plan to Rein in Online Gambling and Establish a National Independent Gambling Regulator
Camperdown NSW, Australia (March 17, 2023) — The Greens have today launched their plan to regulate online gambling at a state and federal level to reduce gambling harms.
- Establish a National Independent Gambling Regulator.
- Regulate online gambling to reduce gambling harms with mandatory pre-commitment and a universal exclusion scheme across all platforms.
- Ban all gambling advertising including TV, radio and online ads.
- Regulate gambling in video games and prohibit ‘loot boxes’ being accessible by people under 18.
- End the grip of the gambling industry on politics by banning political donations from the gambling industry restricting politicians and public servants from working for the gambling industry.
Quotes attributable to Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and gambling harm reduction spokesperson:
“Online gambling is the fastest growing form of gambling but our governments have failed to keep up. Our plan will rein in online gambling and place restrictions on advertising in an effort to limit the untold damage it is causing,” said Cate Faehrmann.
“Young people are particularly vulnerable to the harms caused by online gambling. Without proper regulation, we are letting the predatory gambling industry addict an entire generation of young people.
“You can gamble online anywhere using your phone. This makes it incredibly difficult for people experiencing gambling harms to reduce their exposure to online gambling.
“The controls in our plan will give people some power over online gambling platforms and make it easier for them to control their spending.
“Gambling advertising has made enjoying sport synonymous with having a punt. Seven out of ten people want to see gambling advertisements banned so that’s exactly what the Greens will do.
“This plan will prohibit gambling advertising anywhere, anytime, in the same way as tobacco advertising was banned years ago,” said Cate Faehrmann
Quotes attributable to Senator Janet Rice, Greens spokesperson for Gambling Reform:
“We need an independent National Gambling Regulator to reign in the harm caused by this insidious industry.
“The Greens’ plan will see independent regulatory oversight at a Federal level, crack down on companies that refuse to enforce online gambling restrictions, and stop the gambling industry from exploiting kids through video games and targeted ads.
“It’s no surprise the gambling industry has been allowed to run amok for decades when both Labor and the Liberals accept huge sums of money from corporate donors looking to peddle influence.
“The Greens are fighting to bring integrity back into politics and ban political donations from big corporations. It’s time for all politicians to represent the interests of the people who elected them, not the interests of the donor class and corporate lobbyists.”
Cate Faehrmann: Andrew Bradley – 0412 500 009
Janet Rice: Shani Flynn – 0400 352 93
- Almost 1 in 3 young people consider betting on sports to be normal.
- Serious gambling harm is twice as high in online gambling.
- 71% of Australians and 73% of people in NSW want to see gambling ads on TV banned.
- Almost 50% of 12 to 17-year-olds see gambling advertising on television during sports and racing events on a weekly basis.
- “Online gambling is the fastest growing gambling segment. In 2022, Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found that more than one in 10 (11%) Australians have reported participating in online gambling at some stage in the previous 6 months. This figure is up from 8% in 2020. Digital technology means people are able to gamble at any time.”
SOURCE: The Greens.