The WA Government plans to stop big screen promotion of live betting odds at sporting venues during matches, following Commonwealth moves to restrict such advertising during broadcasts.
Premier Colin Barnett said the planned legislative amendments, which were yet to be drafted, could be extended to restrict gambling advertising on signs and billboards.
“The most worrying aspect is that children watching sporting events are being bombarded with gambling advertising,” he said.
“We don’t want young West Australian fans conditioned to think that gambling is an essential part of their favourite sport.”
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the proposed laws followed federal government recommendations to ban all promotion of live odds by gambling companies and commentators during broadcasts.
“Western Australia joined all states and territories in supporting national action to ban the advertising of live gambling odds during sporting broadcasts on television,” Mr Waldron said.
“The state government’s ban on on-ground advertising of live odds completes the picture.
“With the new ban on broadcasting live odds, bookmakers will be looking for any other avenue to advertise them - this legislation closes that window of opportunity.”