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Australian of the Year betting investigated by crime watchdog

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<p>The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission is investigating a series of alleged bets that were placed on nominees in the Australian of the Year Awards.</p>

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) is investigating a series of bets that were placed on nominees in the Australian of the Year Awards.

On Monday, the National Australia Day Council (NADC) asked the crime watchdog to look at whether breaches had been made in the lead up to the winners being publicly announced.

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"The NADC has been concerned about betting on the Australian of the Year Awards for a number of years and spoken to authorities about having these markets shut down," NADC Spokeswoman Rachel Moore told 9News.

The Australian of the Year winners were selected by officials in December.

Tasmanian sexual assault survivor Grace Tame took out the top honour at this year's awards and betting agencies had her listed as a favourite, with the odds of her winning as low as $1.36.

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"The NADC requires all staff, contractors and broadcast partners who need to be advised of winners before the national announcement to sign non-disclosure agreements. This agreement has a specific non-betting clause," Ms Moore said.

According to NADC, about 180 staff, contractors and broadcast partners signed the NDAs.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/australian-of-the-year-betting-investigated-by-acic-crime-watchdog/f34f2b23-a093-42b8-ab4d-81b01eecc47b

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