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Australia Could Ban Sports Betting Ads

Some Lawmakers Especially Want Ads Away From Sports Games

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A political group in Australia is pushing a bill to place a ban on all sports betting ads.

According to Huffington Post Australia, Australian Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale said Friday that his party wants to treat the ads just like the ones for cigarettes.

“The Greens have a bill to stop the promotion of sports betting, in the same way tobacco advertising was banned in 1992. Nobody is saying people shouldn’t have the freedom to have a punt if they want, but watching a game of footy shouldn’t be like walking into a casino,” Di Natale said.

“Sports betting ads still dominate sport with one in six ads aired during the first round of the AFL for sports betting,” he added. “It’s time to take the promotion of gambling out of sport and to stop normalising gambling for our kids.”

Australia’s gambling industry is at record levels, with people there having spent A$24.1 billion ($17.4 billion in USD) on gambling in 2015, which was an increase of six percent year-over-year. Per person, Australians are the biggest spenders on gambling in the world, according to a Bloomberg report.

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