Abbott to ban live betting ads

Abbott to ban live betting ads

Live betting plugs during televised sport events may become a thing of the past if Tony Abbott is elected in September.

The free-to-air networks have proposed a self-regulation model which would ban live odds promotions during play.

But the Opposition Leader said television networks are “on notice” to lift their game and he is prepared to legislate a ban if they do not, according to the ABC.

"They are on notice that they have got to lift their game, that they've got to sort this out," Abbott told the ABC.

"And if it is not sorted out by the time of the election, we will sort it out afterwards should we win.”

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has said the TV industry’s proposal does not go far enough and wants gambling ads banned from sports as they are in other G-rated programs.

“Gambling is an adult behaviour, it is an adult activity and something that only adults should be doing,”GetUp!’s spokesperson told B&T.

“So why on earth are we allowing it to be advertised during G-rated programming?”

For more on this issue see B&T’s feature ‘One punt too far?’ which looks into the advertising gambling enquiry.

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