Government must act on companies taking advantage of gamblers during COVID and legislate a national exclusion

The Australian Greens MPs

A study released by the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) today shows that gambling companies are using the pandemic as an opportunity to prey on people who may have more time on their hands because of lockdown or job loss and are feeling anxious and alone.

“The underhanded and sneaky tactics used by gambling campaigns through this pandemic show exactly why we need proper regulation nationally and in all States and Territories, including a national regulator and a national self-exclusion register”, Greens spokesperson on Gambling Senator Rachel Siewert said.

People are migrating to gambling online due to the nature of the pandemic and there is not enough regulation and oversight of these huge companies whose profits have gone up during COVID and who are preying on people going through a difficult time in their lives.

Gambling behaviours are connected to emotional wellbeing and mental ill health.

The relationship between the Liberal and Labor parties and the gambling industry, with gambling revenue received by state governments creates an inherent conflict of interest when implementing appropriate regulations and restrictions.

Governments need to act both State and Federally so that we have strong regulation that protects our community, not these weak regulations.

We can all agree that big companies should not be using manipulation and predatory techniques to profit off everyday Australians.

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