Online gambling

Survey launched on online gambling and its impact on the community – News Of The Area

MP for Cowper and Shadow, Deputy Minister for Social Services and Family Violence Prevention Pat Conaghan welcomed the launch of an inquiry into online gambling and its impacts on people with gambling problems.

Mr. Conaghan is the deputy chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, which announced the inquiry last week.

He encourages Cowper residents to submit proposals to help create future legislation to create better consumer protections.

“Problem gambling is a scourge on our communities, ruining the lives of not only the gambler, but also their family and support networks,” Mr Conaghan said.

“Fair and reasonable protections should be sought to reduce the negative impact of gambling on our society.”

In addition to the affected adult population, Congahan said the levels of exposure of our younger generations to gambling advertising as well as the “gamification” of online content aimed at children is a serious concern.

“There are many stories within our North Central Coast community that could help with this investigation, and I strongly encourage sharing those stories.

“They can be done confidentially as we appreciate the sensitivity and the need for confidentiality.”

The committee will examine a range of issues, including the effectiveness of existing consumer protections aimed at reducing problem gambling online and how to better target problem gambling programs online to reduce the potential exploitation of people at risk and to protect individuals, families and communities.

Other issues relate to advice and support services, gambling advertising (particularly in live sports broadcasts watched by children) and the growing effects of technology.

The Committee invites written submissions, ideally no longer than ten pages, from individuals and organizations by November 11, 2022.

Further information on the investigation, including terms of reference, published submissions and transcripts of the hearings, will be available at https://www.aph.gov.au/onlinegambling.

By Andrew VIVIAN