In an attempt to combat the spread of gambling advertising in Australia, the Gillard government has announced that all promotion of the odds of an Opposition victory at the next Federal Election will be banned.
The Prime Minister announced the move in a series of Sunday night tweets:
The public have had enough of having the odds of an Opposition victory being shoved down their throats. Team JG
Voting for Tony Abbott is a gamble and one that should not be advertised to children. Team JG
Loving the Cliff Young telemovie on ABC1 tonight. Absence of sports betting interruptions proves my point! Team JG
Under the new government laws, all broadcasters must refer to this September’s Federal Election in betting-neutral terms. Guidelines issued to the media suggest right and wrong ways to describe the electorate’s mood:
- The Federal Election will be an interesting contest.
- The Federal Election is evenly poised.
- Some polls suggest a clear victory for one of the parties but there is only one poll that matters.
- The Opposition is odds-on to win the Federal Election.
- If the Gillard Government were a horse, not even its owners would back it.
Do you back the government’s reforms? How much would you have on them?