Dear Prime Minister Gillard,
We’re writing to you because we want to see change when it comes to gambling and sport.
We’re writing to you about live odds, about televised betting advertisements, and about punter’s updates.
We’re writing to you because we don’t understand how gambling is allowed in TV programs that are rated PG and are watched by children.
We’re writing to you because we fear that we’re creating a generation that automatically associates sport with gambling.
We’re writing to you because we want it to stop. We’re writing to you because we know you agree AND that you have the power to do something about it.
You said on the ABC’s Q and A program earlier this month that: “I would have to say, as someone who watches sport, it drives me absolutely nuts.”
You said that “Too many of our kids actually view sport through the prism of the odds and the betting, instead of viewing sport as to what is happening on the field and who is doing what and who is exhibiting great skill and who is falling behind.”
You said that you were “very concerned about it”.
Well, so are we.