National inquiry into online gambling and its impacts warmly welcomed
15 Sept 2022
The Alliance for Gambling Reform welcomes the announcement today by the House of
Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs announcing an inquiry
into online gambling and its impacts.
Online gambling participation has increased exponentially over the past few years and the true
extent of its impacts and reach are still being fully understood. However, the evidence available
shows significant gambling harm being experienced online by young people and vulnerable
community groups with a significant increase in online wagering companies profits over the
past few years.
The Alliance for Gambling Reform Chief Advocate Tim Costello said now is the time for reforms
that will protect Australians from online gambling harms and better support those who may
already be experiencing harm.
“Australians are the biggest losers in the world when it comes to gambling; online gambling is a growing concern which needs to be addressed and this inquiry will begin this process” Rev. Costello said.
“I get stopped on the street every day by parents who tell me they are worried about how exposed their children are to gambling, specifically online and sports gambling and the relentless advertising.”
“The Alliance warmly welcomes the announcement of the inquiry and looks forward to participating in the inquiry along with those who are experts by experience and have their own stories to tell of online and sports gambling harm.”
“This inquiry will allow for a thorough and holistic look into the gambling industry, their predatory tactics and the support systems in place for those who do experience harm” said Rev. Costello.
The Alliance is a national advocacy organisation which works to prevent and minimize the harm
from gambling. Our aim is to remove the shame that surrounds gambling addiction, have the
problem treated as a public health issue, and achieve the legislative changes needed to protect
our communities. We bring together well over 60 organisations who share the objectives of
preventing harm from gambling.
Media contact: Martin Thomas – 0477 340 704