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left 120,000 residents of the region without access to essential goods and services, including health care.
Vulnerable people, including 30,000 children and 20,000 elderly people, have been deprived of the most basic necessities. Electricity and gas supplies are extremely limited as supply to the region has been disrupted. Some 1,100 residents, including 207 children, who were outside the region at the beginning of the blockade have been stranded and are unable to return home.
This situation is very concerning, so much so that the International Court of Justice has ordered that Azerbaijan reopen the Lachin corridor. Human rights organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have declared this to be a humanitarian crisis and called for an end to the blockade. The international community, including the United States and European Union, have also called for free movement to be restored along the Lachin corridor.
It is important for members of this place to speak up and bring awareness to issues of human rights around the world. We must stand in solidarity with civilians suffering under blockade, which is why I join with Canberra’s Armenian community in calling for the immediate cessation of the blockade. I remain hopeful that there will be a peaceful resolution soon.
Gaming—online gambling and advertising
DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.42): I want to acknowledge that today the federal parliamentary inquiry into online gambling handed down its report after its very extensive inquiry. For someone who has worked in this area for a long time—all of my adult working life—and seen how these gambling ads and online gambling companies have pervasively invaded every aspect of our media and our sport online, it has felt like an endless, uphill battle.
These ads have become more and more pervasive. I remember in particular in 2013-14 the Tom Waterhouse ads that were literally one after the other. That really started it and set the tone for what has been a decade of incredibly pervasive advertising on our TV. I think there is a gambling ad on Australian TV every 90 seconds. That is how bad things have got.
The online gambling market in Australia has boomed, as you can imagine, because advertising works. We are now seeing an entire cohort of men, particularly men under the age of 40, who are experiencing very high rates of gambling harm, largely to do with sports bookmaking.
I am very pleased that all of the recommendations are amazing, best practice and evidence based. I very much agree with the call by one minister in the federal government to address this policy. Currently, there are about three ministers that work across different areas of online gambling policy. The committee ultimately recommended a complete ban of all gambling advertising across all forms of media, which I think is outstanding and should be supported.
There are also recommendations about a national classification system for games. For anyone that has little kids, my kids play Roblox and games like that, and you can go