Interactive Gambling Bill 2001

By Herbert Smith Freehills

The Report of the Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Legislation Committee on the Interactive Gambling Bill 2001 (Bill) was released on 23 May 2001. The main recommendations of the Committee were that:
  • the Senate adopt the prohibition approach to interactive gambling proposed by the Bill
  • the Bill be amended to exclude lotto and lotteries
  • the Bill be amended to specifically exclude the unintended targets of the ban resulting from the use of internet technology for the administration of services such as telecommunications networks used by betting organisations (eg the TAB) and certain television games with interactive elements.
In addition to the Committee's recommendations, the Report contains a minority report by Labor senators which supports regulation of online gambling, as opposed to the prohibition approach favoured by the Liberals. There are also two Australian Democrat reports, one supporting regulation and the other in favour of a ban. The Report is available from the Australian Parliament website. Liability limited by the Solicitors' Limitation of Liability Scheme, approved under the Professional Standards Act 1994 (NSW). This article provides a summary only of the subject matter covered, without the assumption of a duty of care by Freehills. The summary is not intended to be nor should it be relied upon as a substitute for legal or other professional advice.


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