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RACING AND BETTING ACT 1983 - SECT 146B

Orders forbidding impoverished persons to bet

    (1)     Subsection (2) applies if a written complaint is made to a court that a person, by excessive betting, has impoverished or is likely to impoverish himself or herself to such a degree as to expose to want, or endanger the welfare of, the person or the person's family.

    (2)     The court may issue a summons calling on the person to appear at a time and place specified in the summons, and to show cause why an order should not be made forbidding the person to bet with a bookmaker or betting exchange operator.

    (3)     The court hearing the complaint may do any of the following:

        (a)     investigate the matters contained in the complaint, and hear the evidence adduced in support of it, and also any evidence of the person complained against and of any witnesses called on his behalf;

        (b)     summon a bookmaker or betting exchange operator to give evidence of the matters complained of;

        (c)     adjourn the investigation from time to time;

        (d)     if satisfied about the facts alleged in the complaint, make an order forbidding the person, for a period not exceeding 2 months from the date of the order, to:

            (i)     bet with a bookmaker or betting exchange operator; or

            (ii)     loiter about or enter a racing venue or licensed premises.

    (4)     An order made under subsection (3) may be revoked by the court.

    (5)     All proceedings under this section must be conducted in private and not be open to the public.

    (6)     A person must not contravene an order made under subsection (3).

Maximum penalty:     17 penalty units.

    (7)     A bookmaker or betting exchange operator (the licensee ) commits an offence if:

        (a)     the licensee accepts a bet from a person or allows a person to make or receive a bet through the licensee; and

        (b)     the person is the subject of an order made under subsection (3) that is in force and the licensee has received notice of the order.

Maximum penalty:     17 penalty units.



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