Australia Forms Group to Monitor Illegal Gambling

The Australian Federal and Victorian Governments have decided to form a group to combat illegal offshore gambling.

The Offshore Wagering Working Group was announced on Thursday by the Federal Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews and Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine.

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) wrote:

"It is understood Australian Racing Board chief executive Peter McGauran will be appointed to the group and a representative from the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports, which represents the AFL and three other football codes, and sports such as netball, cricket and tennis.”

Andrews said, "There are already Australian-headquartered organisations that are operating in this way by basing their betting operations in unregulated international jurisdictions, including in the Pacific and Asia regions.”

"[And] there are significant numbers of illegitimate offshore operators already targeting Australian racing and sport and it is vital that an effective regulatory regime be introduced to address the serious integrity and revenue risks that they pose."

"It is unfair that legitimate Australian-based and registered bookmakers pay the product fee required of them by racing and sports bodies while offshore bookmakers effectively pirate Australian product," said Dr. Napthine.

The entire government press release is available here.

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    SassyGirlMe

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    By the Federal Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews and Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine, wow I just realized that is a mouth full! Betting operations in unregulated international jurisdictions, including in the Pacific and Asia regions, are a big area for them to cover I would like to see what that put in place to cover just one Asia region. They indeed have a big job ahead of you.
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    Wow, another country that is looking just at the money they are loosing because they can not control or track someone elses money. When is this ever going to stop. Never! If someone see's someone else in their neighborhood making money and they can seem to get a piece of it there is always going to be some kind of animosity. This just means as nothing will change except the rich getting richer at least if they can do something about it.
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    You are right vlado.mikic.50.This can be really bad problem for one state.Gambling is the thing that makes one state richer.The taxes for gambling houses,casinos ,online betting services are very high and if someone starts to gamble offshore then instantly one country without a lot of money that should be in a its budget.
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    This should have been done much earlier.Illegal gambling brings huge losses to the state.We are talking about billions.In developed countries in Europe the percentage of illegal gambling has decreased to a few percent.But it 's never too late to change something.I'm glad hear this

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