Will the Australian government crackdown on illegal offshore operators?

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceThere have been suggestions lately that the Australian owned providers of online gaming services may actually be prepared to lobby government to crack down on illegal offshore operators. There are also tangible signs that the Federal government might work with the State governments to actually do so.A proposed crackdown on illegal downloads of copyright material could provide a policy footing on which to enforce the Interactive Gambling Act 2011 (IGA) or to side-step the IGA. However, don’t hold your breath. Unfortunately history and some recent events mean that not a lot may happen … again. Tabcorp Limited, one of Australia’s leading terrestrial and online gambling service providers, has been in talks with the Federal government about banning offshore, unregulated online bookmakers from taking bets from Australians.The nature and extent of the problem is not well known or defined, however estimates are that as much as 14 percent of...

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