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senate vote 2019-02-13#10

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  • Motions Gambling
  • Motions - Gambling - Introduced restrictions

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  • <p class="speaker">Larissa Waters</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate&#8212;</p>
  • The majority voted against a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2019-02-13.171.1) introduced by Qld Senator [Larissa Waters](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/queensland/larissa_waters), which means it failed.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • > *(a) notes that:*
  • >> *(i) the gambling industry donated almost $3 million dollars to the Liberal, Labor and Australian Conservatives political parties in 2017-18,*
  • >> *(ii) these donations came from sports betting companies, casinos and poker machine operators,*
  • >> *(iii) the Australian Hotels Association was the second largest political donor in the country for the 2017-18 year, with declared political gifts leaping from $153,000 in 2016-17 to $1.1 million last financial year,*
  • >> *(iv) Australia has the world's worst per-capita gambling losses of $1,000 a head,*
  • >> *(v) there are at least 115,000 Australians at the moment who are directly and seriously harmed by gambling, and another 280,000 experiencing significant risk,*
  • >> *(vi) for every person directly harmed by gambling, between 5 and 10 friends, family and others, including employers, are also affected – this means that up to 5 million Australians could be negatively affected,*
  • >> *(vii) online wagering is the fastest growing gambling segment, with over $1.4 billion gambled online each year,*
  • >> *(viii) pokies cause the most harm, with three out of four people being harmed by gambling, principally using poker machines, and*
  • >> *(ix) enormous donations from the gambling lobby to the major political parties has resulted in consecutive Australian governments failing to support harm-minimisation reforms that would help protect people from predatory gambling; and*
  • > *(b) calls on the Federal Government to:*
  • >> *(i) ban corporate donations from the gambling industry,*
  • >> *(ii) introduce evidence-based harm-minimisation and product safety measures to reduce the development of problem gambling, and to assist gamblers to limit their expenditure,*
  • >> *(iii) phase out poker machines, and, in the meantime, implement $1 maximum bets per spin, $20 machine load-up limits, and $500 jackpot limits, and mandatory pre-commitment for pokies and sports betting, and*
  • >> *(iv) ban sports betting advertisements during the broadcast of sporting events and children's viewing times.*
  • <p class="italic">(a) notes that:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(i) the gambling industry donated almost $3 million dollars to the Liberal, Labor and Australian Conservatives political parties in 2017-18,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(ii) these donations came from sports betting companies, casinos and poker machine operators,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iii) the Australian Hotels Association was the second largest political donor in the country for the 2017-18 year, with declared political gifts leaping from $153,000 in 2016-17 to $1.1 million last financial year,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iv) Australia has the world's worst per-capita gambling losses of $1,000 a head,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(v) there are at least 115,000 Australians at the moment who are directly and seriously harmed by gambling, and another 280,000 experiencing significant risk,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(vi) for every person directly harmed by gambling, between 5 and 10 friends, family and others, including employers, are also affected – this means that up to 5 million Australians could be negatively affected,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(vii) online wagering is the fastest growing gambling segment, with over $1.4 billion gambled online each year,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(viii) pokies cause the most harm, with three out of four people being harmed by gambling, principally using poker machines, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(ix) enormous donations from the gambling lobby to the major political parties has resulted in consecutive Australian governments failing to support harm-minimisation reforms that would help protect people from predatory gambling; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) calls on the Federal Government to:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(i) ban corporate donations from the gambling industry,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(ii) introduce evidence-based harm-minimisation and product safety measures to reduce the development of problem gambling, and to assist gamblers to limit their expenditure,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iii) phase out poker machines, and, in the meantime, implement $1 maximum bets per spin, $20 machine load-up limits, and $500 jackpot limits, and mandatory pre-commitment for pokies and sports betting, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(iv) ban sports betting advertisements during the broadcast of sporting events and children's viewing times.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Anthony Chisholm</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to make a short statement.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>Leave is granted for one minute.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Anthony Chisholm</p>
  • <p>This is more Greens hypocrisy on donation reform. They talk about corporate donations and yet accepted a $1.6 million donation from the founder of an online travel company, the biggest in Australia's history. They talk about gambling donations while taking half a million dollars from a professional gambler from a secret group called the Punters Club which was investigated by the Australian Taxation Office. We will not be lectured to by the Greens on donation reforms.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>The question is that motion No. 1380 be agreed to.</p>