MP Dr. Marisa Paterson.

LABOR backbench MP Marisa Paterson will introduce a motion in the Legislative Assembly this week calling for a “comprehensive” review of
game in the ACT.

While the ACT government has undertaken reform to tackle the harm caused by poker machines, Dr Paterson said less attention is being paid to tackling the harm caused by online gambling.

“We need to better understand this type of gambling and then look for ways to prevent this harm from happening in the first place,” Dr. Paterson said.

Drawing on her time as a gambling researcher – before entering the Legislative Assembly in 2020 as a member of Murrumbidgee – Dr Paterson said:

“Research suggests that one in four adult males gamble online in the ACT, we also know that 25% of those people who gamble primarily online in the ACT are classified as at-risk gamblers, experiencing some level of harm related to the game.”

Dr Paterson also calls for a better understanding of the online gambling market in the ACT.

“We need a clearer picture of who are the companies taking bets in the ACT, how ACT residents are advertised, and we need to explore additional revenue streams that can be accessed. to mitigate the damage caused by these companies.”

The motion, if passed, will ask the ACT Government to consider raising taxes on the online gambling industry and report back to the Assembly by the end of 2023.

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Ian Meikle, editor