Peter Dutton Supports National Covid-19 Lottery As ‘Great Idea’ After Tabcorp Upsets Plan
Giving vaccinated Australians the chance to win a huge jackpot is a “great idea” that would boost national roll-out, according to Peter Dutton.
Tabcorp has pledged to run a national lottery for people immune to Covid-19, provided it receives legal approval and is not supposed to cover costs, The Courier Mail has revealed.
Incentives have been used around the world to increase vaccination rates, including lotteries held in Cambodia and Russia and various US states.
Home Secretary Peter Dutton on Friday announced his support for a national draw or “anything that encourages vaccination.”
“I am in favor of the lottery; I think it’s a great idea, ”he told Today.
“The only two flaws the company has identified are that it needs regulatory approval and someone is paying for it. So other than that it seems like a solid proposition. “
The private sector was eager to kick off Australia’s slow national rollout in a bid to ease the threat of crippling economic lockdowns.
And with just over 12% of the eligible population vaccinated, the federal government has sought creative ways to increase vaccination rates.
“If you have been hesitant to get vaccinated, please go back to your doctor as the medical advice is clear, get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Dutton said.
Tabcorp’s Sue van der Merwe admitted there were “complex considerations” to be resolved, with permits to run a lottery required in NSW, South Australia, Northern Territory and ACT.
US President Joe Biden has backed beer maker Anheuser-Busch’s pledge to give Americans free beer if 70% of the population is at least partially vaccinated by July 4.
But after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) slapped a Melbourne publican who offered free beer to those who were vaccinated, Tabcorp is also reportedly seeking to clarify its position on the incentives.
It comes after Treasurer Josh Frydenberg revealed last week that several private companies had raised “very interesting and exciting”Ideas to boost national deployment.
They included frequent flyer points from the main airliners and accommodation offers from on-site vaccination centers.
“I think this is more than a problem at Bunnings which we are talking about as a potential incentive opportunity,” said Frydenberg.