LIFELINE Darling Downs CEO Derek Tuffield has praised the federal government for its intervention in a bid to curb live sports betting odds being shown during sporting matches.

The move comes after widespread community condemnation after a plethora of live sports betting advertisements started flooding television screens this year.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard gave television stations an ultimation at the weekend, either adopt a strict self-regulation policy or the government would legislate against live sports betting.

Mr Tuffield, who is also the deputy-chair of the Gambling Help Network Queensland, said the move was well overdue.

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"I have been critical of sports betting from the day it hit our televisions," Mr Tuffield said.

"It sends the wrong message, especially to children.

"It is not good and it needs to be regulated."

Mr Tuffield said it was great to see our elected leaders listening to the concerns of the community.

"What is pleasing is that the people in power are listening," he said.

"The Australian public has reacted to it very strongly.

"I personally think all sports betting should be removed from Australian sports."

Lifeline Darling Downs CEO Derek Tuffield has welcomed changes to sports betting advertising during matches.
Lifeline Darling Downs CEO Derek Tuffield has welcomed changes to sports betting advertising during matches. Bev Lacey

Mr Tuffield said in February Lifelife had a record number of problem gamblers approach them for assistance.

"Gambling is everywhere. It is in our faces," he said.

"Online and internet gambling is particularly scary.

"Technology allows people to gamble anytime and anywhere.

"The internet has no boundaries."


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