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Queensland Parliament passes new match-fixing legislation

15 August 2014

After nearly three months of deliberation the Queensland Parliament passed the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2014 (the Bill) on 5 August, signalling the beginning of a legislative crackdown on corruption in sport and on match-fixing in particular.

The amending legislation inserts a new chapter (Chapter 43 "Match-fixing") into the Criminal Code introducing a number of newly created offences. These include, engaging in or facilitating match-fixing conduct, engaging in threatening behaviour to participate in match-fixing and using inside knowledge to influence sporting results for improved betting outcomes. The majority of offences are punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment while other lesser offences attract a maximum 2 year jail sentence.

The passing of the Bill follows a recent Parliamentary committee report, tabled by the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee (the Committee) on 28 July which examined the Bill and recommended the creation of criminal offences for match-fixing to bring Queensland legislation into alignment with other states and implement a major objective of the National Policy on Match-Fixing in Sport. The Committee also highlighted the need for the cooperation of police, government, sports governing bodies and betting companies Australia-wide to ensure the ongoing success of the legislation.

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