Girl’s plea to ban TV gam­ble ads

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS -

A 10-YEAR-OLD Por­tar­ling­ton girl has called on the State Govern­ment to ban tele­vi­sion gam­bling ad­ver­tise­ments.

School­girl Mikayla Krivohlavek told 3AW she had writ­ten to Pre­mier Daniel An­drews af­ter she dis­cov­ered she could eas­ily open an on­line bet­ting ac­count by us­ing her mum’s credit card de­tails and fak­ing her birth­date.

Mikayla wrote a de­tailed let­ter to Mr An­drews urg­ing him to change the “laws of ad­ver­tis­ing”.

Her ar­tic­u­late let­ter gained wide­spread me­dia at­ten­tion yes­ter­day.

“There are too many com­mer­cials that ad­ver­tise gam­bling on tele­vi­sion, it goes on 24/7,” Mikayla said.

“When I am watch­ing tele­vi­sion with my fam­ily, which in­cludes my par­ents and younger eight-year-old­brother, (the ads are on) and it’s very frus­trat­ing.”

Mikayla said she be­lieved gam­bling ads should go the way of smok­ing ad­ver­tise­ments and be com­pletely banned.

“I hope (Mr An­drews) takes this let­ter se­ri­ously, be­cause talk­ing to my friends at school we all think this is wrong,” Mikayla said.

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