AUSTRALIAN FOOD AND DRUG REPORTER An Australian Food and Drug Safety Authority spokesperson says the Government has been “very clear” on its plans to introduce a “voter-approved” ban on online gambling.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a warning to retailers, and a new bill has been tabled in Parliament, with a deadline of July 15 to pass it.
The bill is expected to pass the Senate, and the Government will be in a strong position to try to pass legislation by then.
Mr Baird has not announced when the legislation will be introduced, but the Government’s online gambling ban will affect many Australian households, including those in small business, in which gambling can be lucrative.
But online gambling is only allowed in small towns and cities where it is legal.
Mr Turnbull’s crackdown has prompted a backlash from business, with more than 70,000 people signing a petition urging him to repeal the legislation.
“The Government’s proposed changes are the antithesis of a ‘Fair Go’ and the future of Australian business,” the petition said.
“It is not a fair go and it is bad policy.”
A spokesman for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet said the Government had been “fully supportive” of the online gambling legislation and it would be “impossible to support such a proposal” without legislation.
The Government is currently working on legislation that will include more protections for consumers, but has not yet made any decisions on whether or not to go ahead with legislation.
One thing that has not changed, however, is the lack of regulation for online gambling, with the Federal Government still being free to introduce laws as it pleases.
“Online gambling has been the subject of a significant regulatory oversight process, including the imposition of the first-ever Australian Internet Gaming Regulation Authority,” the statement said.