Protect Our Children: Ban all Gambling Advertising

Protect Our Children: Ban all Gambling Advertising

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Robert Regan started this petition to The Hon. Mitch Fifield and

The ongoing and regular exposure of the public, in particular children, to messages and images of gambling advertisements on television, radio, the internet, print media, static and electronic billboards and sponsorship static and electronic displays at sporting and other events may persuade people, both adults and children, to start or continue gambling to their individual and the community’s detriment. 

We therefore request the Commonwealth Government to:

Extend the Broadcasting and Content Reform Package to pass legislation for a total ban on gambling advertising, at least to the same extent as exists for tobacco products, to limit the exposure of the public to messages and images that may persuade people, both adults and children to start or continue gambling.

The Package currently explains why it does not ban gambling advertising entirely.

i.e. “gambling advertising promotes a lawful service for adults and is a significant source of revenue for media services. Advertising revenue is crucial for free-to-air broadcasters to be able to broadcast sporting events for free to Australians completely removing this revenue stream would severely impact the bottom line of some media services and may affect their ongoing viability.”

These same arguments were raised in defence of tobacco advertising from 1973 when the government decided to phase out tobacco advertising. Despite such arguments Cabinet continued with the ban and it came into effect on 1 September 1976 and neither reduction of free-to-air sports coverage nor loss of revenue materialised to significant effect.

There is sufficient evidence from international studies and the Australia Productivity Commission Inquiry Report No.50 26 February 2010, expressly in Volume 2 Section K Advertising, that

·         children are particularly susceptible to advertising,

and that advertising:

·         may exacerbate commonly held misconceptions about gambling, undermining people’s ability to gamble within responsible limits

·         can normalise the perception of gambling, thereby encouraging people to gamble

·         advertising could undermine efforts by people who have impulse control problems with their gambling

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