Monday March 11,2013 : AUSTRALIAN NET BETTING A LONG SHOT (Update)
No five-year online poker or in-play sportsbetting trial
Senator Stephen Conroy said during Question Time in the Senate at Parliament House in Canberra that online gaming standards will be a National consideration and discussions on the market opening up considered only once the Federal Government has uniform harm minimisation and consumer protection guidelines in place.
The proposed five-year online poker trial or in-play sports betting will not go ahead confirmed Conroy despite an estimated A$1 Billion per year being spent by Australian punters on overseas gambling websites.
A Government review report on Australia's online gaming law due for release this week is said to contain thirty recommendations for State and Territory leaders to consider.
State and territory governments are expected to begin work on harmonising laws which include the development of a National self-exclusion register that will cater for multiple sites as opposed to individual providers.
Other recommendations in the review apparently cover simpler access to personal data on their gambling behaviour so that players can track their losses, the development of bet and deposit limits, the banning of micro-bets, restricted gambling advertising and the development of an advertising code of conduct.
The review, however, was criticised for its inadequate attention to mobile and social network gambling games offered by companies such as Playtika's Slotomania and International Game Technology's DoubleDown Casino.