Prime Minister Scott Morrison says TAB should be able to advertise sporting events and described opponents of the move to promote #TheEverest hashtag in the Twitter trending list as “precious”.

“The TAB is just trying to promote one of the biggest events that NSW holds,” he said.

“It’s just common sense and I don’t know why people are getting so precious about it – it’s not about gambling, it’s about creating jobs.”

“Sometimes I think people have just got to have a bit of a lie down on this sort of stuff. They can get very unctuous about it.”

The prime minister encouraged people to get out and place a bet on the race to help the industry.

“The more problem gamblers we have, the more jobs we create.”