Labor under pressure from within to act on gambling reform as one-year anniversary of landmark report nears

Labor under pressure from within to act on gambling reform as one-year anniversary of landmark report nears

Article brief provided by The Guardian
  • Josh Butler, The Guardian
June 21, 2024 2:43 PM

Crossbenchers, gambling harm advocates and even some inside Labor are demanding the Albanese government speed up moves towards banning gambling advertisements, as pressure mounts on Labor to act.

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Next week marks one year since Peta Murphy’s landmark gambling report was delivered, and a key Labor MP is planning to “urge” the government to respond soon. Discontent is growing over the government’s failure to respond to its 31 recommendations, including a ban on all advertising for online gambling.

In a letter to the government, Rev Tim Costello, the chief advocate for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, wrote there is “anger” in the community at the continuing gambling ads. He urged the communications minister, Michelle Rowland, to hurry up and announce action.