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Petitioning Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and 2 others

Please, ban gambling advertising and live-odds during sport broadcasts. Enough.

Due to the explosive growth of sports betting sponsorship, there is now a whole generation of children growing up watching Australian sport on television who think that gambling on sport, discussing the odds, knowing the point spread etc, is simply the normal way of things.

How can this be? How can the government ban tobacco advertising and rightly restrict alcohol advertising on the grounds that children should not be exposed to it, and allow this to go to air?

It is beyond dispute that gambling is an addictive and potentially devastating pastime and yet advertising for it is allowed to be inextricably interwoven with glamorous sports coverage, heavily watched by young Australians not yet old enough to understand its dangers.

We, the undersigned, respectfully call on those in Canberra charged with caring for the nation's welfare to move beyond mere empty rhetoric, and actually do something - place a ban on this iniquitous practice, that can and will be enforced.

Thank you.

Letter to
Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard
Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy
Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott
Ban sports betting information from broadcast during live sporting events

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