$50,000 in online gambling to be scrapped because of online gambling risks
The ACT Government is looking to scrap online gambling altogether after the state’s High Court ruled it was “unsafe” and “unsustainable”.
The Government has put forward a bill to scrap all online gambling in the ACT, but the Bill has been thrown out by the High Court.
The Bill would have scrapped online gambling entirely and replaced it with a system that will be more cost-effective.
The bill’s sponsor Senator Andrew Wilkie said online gambling was not only unsanitary, but also dangerous.
“It is unsafe for the public and we don’t want that to happen,” Senator Wilkie told the ABC’s Sunrise program.
“There’s a lot of people who would be impacted by it, it would just be so big that it would be difficult to regulate.”
Senator Wilie said the bill would also be cheaper than a full ban.
“What we’re proposing to do is basically to scrap it completely, we’re not looking to replace it with anything else,” he said.
“We want to get rid of it completely and replace it completely with something that is actually sustainable and we want to do that with a lot less money.”
The bill has also been referred to the Joint Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and Legal Reform.
ACT Chief Minister Adam Giles said online poker and horse racing had been a growing problem in the state.
“This Government is committed to ending the gambling industry in the states,” he told the Herald Sun.
“I think we’ve seen that there’s been a very significant increase in horse racing in the last couple of years.”
The current legislation that’s being considered here is not only unsafe, it’s unsustainable.
“Senator Giles said he would be willing to reconsider his position if the bill passed the Senate.
I want to be fully informed,” Senator Giles told the program.”
The bill is a proposal, it is not something that’s going to come to pass.
I want to be fully informed,” Senator Giles told the program.