Minister for Justice Brendan O’Connor today welcomed agreement by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General to consider a consistent national approach to criminal laws relating to match fixing.
“As Australians we love our sport and we want to see our sporting champions battle it out on a level playing field,” Mr O’Connor said.“Match fixing is a serious threat to the integrity of sport in Australia and we need to take steps to protect our sports sector.“Interpol estimates that illegal betting in sport generates a turnover of around US$140 billion a year worldwide,” he said.
All Australian Governments agreed to a National Policy on Match Fixing in Sport at the most recent meeting of Sports Ministers. The policy includes proposed codes of conduct and industry standards, as well as a commitment to pursue nationally consistent criminal laws.
Law Ministers today agreed to establish a Working Group to develop a proposal for a nationally consistent approach to criminal offences relating to match fixing in sport.
“Sport is a national industry but also an international industry. There is a compelling case for establishing nationally consistent laws against match fixing to deter this misconduct and provide a remedy where offending occurs.
The Working Group will work closely with the Match Fixing Policy Implementation Working Group established by Sports Ministers.
“As a sporting nation, it is important that we work together across jurisdictions to develop strong laws and appropriate penalties to maintain the integrity of our professional sporting sector”.