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Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill

Seeks to ensure match-fixing is a criminal offence ahead of New Zealand hosting of the Cricket World Cup and the FIFA Under 20 World Cup. Given first reading on July 31 sent to Law and Order committee for consideration with general support. Reported back from select committee on Nov 7 with only a minor change. It retains the punishment of a maximum of seven years imprisonment for fixing a match for betting purposes, however throws out a potential defence of throwing a match for sporting strategic purposes saying it could confuse the issue. The govt indicated it wanted the bill passed before the summer adjournment and did this with the bill receiving general support at its third reading on Dec 11Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill