After recent political changes, Australia’s Social Services minister, Christian Porter, says that the government’s review of online gambling is still a priority.
“At this stage, it is anticipated the review will progress in line with the terms of reference already established under the leadership of former NSW premier Barry O’Farrell,” he said to “The Australian”.
“The review addresses the government’s policy objective to investigate methods for strengthening protections against illegal online wagering operators and ensuring Australians are not exploited.”
Former minister, Scott Morrison announced the government review about three weeks ago and
AHA chief executive Stephen Ferguson said wants a meeting with new minister.
“The terms of reference specify wagering, not gaming, but there is a blanket call saying that anything else you want to submit on, please do,” he told The Australian.
“Our intention is to address gaming as well because we see the problems are basically the same in terms of levels of harm. We think expanding the review would be in line with what the government had said it would do, as part of its gambling review, at the election.”
Clubs Australia executive director Anthony Ball had this to say of illegal online casinos:
“These sites put roulette wheels, games of black jack and poker and slots on the mobile phones and iPads of Australians of all ages.”
“They are basically unregulated, unsafe and untaxed. They contribute nothing of social or economic benefit to this country and have little or no harm-minimisation measures in place. The law makes it illegal for offshore companies to offer these online services to Australians, whether they be casinos or wagering sites, and it should be enforced.”
Tabcorp said: “We believe unlicensed offshore operators should be prohibited from taking bets from Australian residents.”