The former Assistant Minister of Social Services has been handed the reins to report on the government’s review on the Interactive Gambling Act (IGA). This after he was promoted from the Assistant Minister position to that of Minister of Human Services. According to the Human Services, the online gaming legislation is outdated and is under review of Barry O’Farrell after which the state is expected to make a response.
It looks like the out-come of the review may see the off shore and on land based gambling firms fall under the same tax laws. Under the current laws, the off shore firms are not getting taxed as much as the Aussie-based firmed.
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Alan Tudge indicated that he was “honoured to be recruited to the Prime Minister’s team as the Minister for Human Services.” Prior to his appointment he was quoted saying controversial “in-play” betting will not make any difference to potential match-fixing in the sport if it were legalised. Therefore, this is seen by many is a go-ahead to for in-play betting in Australia. In-play bets allow players to bet on matches while they are still in progress.
The current legislative rules of the IGA allows for the bets to be placed over the phone but, the betting firms argue that technology has advanced way beyond that. The few advanced sites are already having their players place their bets and wagers using mobile phones.
The federal police have launched a few investigations on such moves by the offshore site, no charges have been laid as yet. The lack of charges from the police is because the government has not fully outlawed the in-play. The current impression is that as soon as the government announces its review on the in-play, the police will know which direction to take.