Sign the petition for minimum bet laws

In late 2015 I created a petition to make sure that minimum bet laws were looked at for the then upcoming review into the Interactive Gambling Act. 475 of you cared enough about the issue to sign the petition. I was invited to Canberra to talk to Barry O’Farrell and the review team and handed him the petition.

475 of you cared enough about the issue to sign the petition. I was invited to Canberra to talk to Barry O’Farrell and the review team and handed him the petition.

In the final report, recommendation 15 stated

  • Further research should be undertaken on the impact of betting restrictions on illegal offshore wagering and the identification of options to improve the situation

A specific mention of bookmakers limiting customers was also in the report and how a minimum bet law may solve this issue.

As I mentioned last week, the new laws have been submitted to the house of representatives and they plan to ban all off-shore betting companies from offering their services to Australian citizens. The bill (which you can read here) does not make any mention of recommendation 15 which the government accepted when the report was submitted.

A fellow punter on twitter has now created a petition on the government’s website and so far 187 punters have signed it. If you care about being able to place a bet then you must take the 1 minute out of your day and digitally sign it. Let’s get at least 500 signatures on this petition.

How to sign the petition

  1. Head to the website and put in your name and email address. Follow this link
  2. Confirm your submission by clicking on the link you receive via email
  3. Share the petition/this article with everyone on social media

It is up to everyone to make sure the government looks into a minimum bet law. No sporting bodies will push for it (apart from Horse racing), as they are unaware of the issue. The government needs to step in and make betting on sport a right for all Australian’s (even winning punters).

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