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Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

New Match Fixing Laws Ensure Integrity Of Victorian Sport

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The Victorian Coalition Government will introduce tough new match fixing legislation to Parliament this week in order to protect the integrity of the state’s multi-billion dollar sporting industry, Premier Ted Baillieu announced today.

Premier Baillieu said that under the new legislation, an individual found guilty of match fixing would face a maximum prison term of 10 years.

“Victorians love their sport and there is absolutely no doubt that this state is the sporting capital of Australia.” Premier Baillieu said.

“Victoria is the home of the very best sporting facilities and events anywhere in Australia, if not the world, and the Coalition Government is committed to protecting this vital industry.”

“Anyone who attempts to manipulate professional sport for betting outcomes is a cheat and they will be caught and punished under these tough new laws.” Premier Baillieu said.

The Crimes Amendment (Integrity in Sport) Bill 2013 targets people who attempt to engage in match fixing, race fixing and spot fixing.

The bill aims to outlaw four key types of offences:

  • Engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome;
  • Facilitating conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome;
  • Concealing such conduct, agreements or arrangements;  
  • Use of corrupt information for betting purposes.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said the legislation was aligned with laws recently introduced in New South Wales and similar legislation currently before the South Australian Parliament.

“In late 2011, the State and Territory Attorneys-General and Sporting Ministers agreed to implement a consistent approach to match fixing legislation right across the nation.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“This legislation provides certainty and transparency for the many thousands of fans, participants and employees involved in all professional sporting disciplines here in Victoria.”

Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said the new match fixing legislation implemented one of the key recommendations outlined in the Racing Integrity Commissioner’s recent own motion investigation into race fixing.

The report found no evidence of systemic race fixing in Victoria but outlined a series of recommendations to enhance integrity process across all three racing codes.

“The introduction of this new match fixing legislation follows the establishment of a new Victoria Police Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit which was also a recommendation of the Racing Integrity Commissioner (RIC) report.” Dr. Napthine said.

“I recently met with representatives of all three racing codes and the Department of Justice and we have formed a working group to continue working through each of the RIC recommendations.”

“The integrity of sport and racing in Victoria is held in high regard and the Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that we remain vigilant, continually improve our integrity system and enhance our reputation as the best sporting state anywhere in the world.” Dr. Napthine said.

Minister for Gaming Michael O’Brien said the new match-fixing legislation was flagged when the government responded to the findings of the 2011 Review of Sports Betting Regulation conducted by former chairman of stewards for Racing Victoria, Mr. Des Gleeson.

“Victoria is the only state with comprehensive sports betting legislation and is a leader in this area of regulation.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“The community is rightly concerned about any potential for betting to undermine the integrity of our sporting events, and the Coalition Government’s further measures will ensure Victoria not only remains at the forefront, but also that the integrity of our sporting competitions is protected.”

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