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New match fixing laws ensure integrity of Victorian sport

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.

 Mr 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,” Mr 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,” Mr 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; and
    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.”

Contact Michael
Michael O'Brien MP

313 Waverley Road
MALVERN EAST VIC 3145

Phone: (03) 9576 1850
Fax: (03) 9576 1849


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