IGA 2001 Review To Be Postponed – Reports State
As the entire gaming community in Australia is waiting for the government’s report on reviewing the current laws and regulations of the IGA, it seems that the Aussie market will not get to know the result any time soon. This is because it seems that the Aussie government is planning to stall the decision regarding the legality of in-play bets being carried out online until the federal elections of 2016 is done. On the other hand, the Aussie government could take more strict and immediate action in order to punish the online international gaming operators that allow such activity.
Last Wednesday, Alan Tudge, the Minister of Human Services has briefed the governing coalition parliamentarians on what the government has reached so far during its process of reviewing the IGA (Interactive Gambling Act) of 2001. This review was previously led by Barry O’Farrell, the previous NSW Premier. Alan Tudge has gone on record to the Herald Sun that the response of the government will not be released to the public in the next few weeks. The newspaper has added that the response of the review might include a blanket ban on credit wagering, a state-level promotion and offers rules, and a self exclusion scheme on a nationwide scale for problem gamblers who wish to exclude themselves from accessing gambling websites. For example, the government would seek to get rid of the loopholes that many off shore gaming operators are using to get players to place bets such as the voice activated apps that mimic “phone betting”. The list of operators that adopted such methods includes William Hill, Ladbrokes and Bet365.
Another newspaper, The Australian, also reported that the most sensitive and controversial item on the agenda of the review, which is about in play sports wagering and allowing players to place it online, is not going to be addressed until the federal election is over. According to the law, the federal elections should be held by the first month of 2017, but it might take place in the 2nd half of this year.
The issue of legalizing and regulating internet placed in play bets has been dividing the entire domestic sports betting industry to two teams. There is the NT (Northern Territory) licensed and regulated internet operators, as well as most of the sports bodies, who are in favor of the regulation. On the other hand, there are domestic bookmakers like Tabcorp, Tatts as well as horseracing stakeholders who are opposing such legalization, as well as the usual anti gambling scolds.
According to leaked poll data, it seems that Aussie voters are most likely going to punish the politicians who are approving internet in play wagering. This is why it seems that the government was persuaded to postpone such decision until the elections are over so the voters don’t get to vote against the politicians who are voting in favor of legalizing in-play online betting, which could affect the voting process greatly.