Labor blocks tougher gambling advertising laws

The Government has voted down a Coalition plan to curb the amount of gambling advertising during live sport.

Shadow Minister for Communications David Coleman said Labor joined with the Greens to vote against the Coalition Bill in the Senate. The vote was lost 33-30.

The Coalition plan would have seen gambling advertising banned during broadcasts of live sport, as well as an hour before and after a game.

“This is a deeply disappointing result which flies in the face of overwhelming community sentiment for action now,” Mr Coleman said.

“Despite all the huffing and puffing particularly by Government MPs about gambling advertising, today they chose to block a new law that would take strong action.

“Greens senators also voted against the Coalition Bill, despite voicing similar concerns during the debate about the impact of gambling advertising on families and young people.

“If the Greens had supported the Bill it would have passed the Senate easily.”

The Hon. David Coleman MP
Federal Member for Banks
Shadow Minister for Communications