Our son needs the ads to end - Alliance for Gambling Reform

Our son needs the ads to end

Our son needs the ads to end

The ads are relentless and so frustrating as I am trying to get him off gambling but the AFL and Victorian Government seem hell bent on keeping him addicted.

Attention Gil McLachlan,

We are the parents of a young man who is struggling with gambling addiction. My wife and I have done everything possible to help him but feel we are banging our heads against a brick wall. He loves his sport and like everyone else in Australia is bombarded with Betting advertisements every time he turns the TV on to watch an AFL game or other televised sport.

The ads are relentless and so frustrating as I am trying to get him off gambling but the AFL and Victorian Government seem hell bent on keeping him addicted. I understand it is big revenue money for you, but surely the idea of televising sport is to encourage kids to get involved and get fit. Not to fill the coffers of State Parliament and the AFL.

It’s such a joke to allow this relentless advertising and then just add the phrase “gamble responsibly” at the end. Smoking advertising was banned many years ago because of the ill effects on individuals and their families. Why didn’t they just continue smoking advertisements and just simply add “smoke responsibly” at the end of the ad.

The Government and AFL need to show some true leadership and compassion for families and individuals and stop counting the easy dollars they make from others suffering. It is devastating on parents to watch their kids go to work each day, only to then hand all their hard earned money straight to bookies at the end of the week.

Drug dealers are jailed for providing addictive drugs to people so why aren't the AFL and Government held accountable for promoting and profiting from the advertising of countless betting agencies. In effect they are exploiting people with addictions without care for the consequences.

In light of the recent Collingwood player being suspended for gambling I think the AFL should also show leadership and walk away from all gambling connections. Are the AFL happy to profit from gambling while suspending players from doing the same.

Parents, Anonymous

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