Interactive Gambling Bill 2001
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
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