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A Bill for an Act to amend the Interactive Gambling Act 2001
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Registered 04 Jun 2008
Introduced HR 03 Jun 2008

2008

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2008

 

 

(Mr Billson)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Interactive Gambling Act 2001

  

  

  


Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                    1

1  Short title....................................................................................................... 1

2  Commencement............................................................................................. 1

3  Schedule(s)..................................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Amendments to the Interactive Gambling Act 2001   2

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Interactive Gambling Act 2001

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

Part 1—Preliminary

 

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2008.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


Schedule 1—Amendments to the Interactive Gambling Act 2001

1  Section 4

Insert

                   excluded services means those services listed in subsections 5(3) and 6(3).

2  Subsection 8A(1)

Before ‘For’ insert ‘Subject to section 8C,’.

3  Subparagraph 8C(1)(a)(i)

After ‘broadcasting service’ insert ‘(other than a subscription broadcasting service or a subscription narrowcasting service that provides or proposes to provide a service that, but for this provision, would be an excluded wagering service)’.

4  After section 14

Insert:

14A Review of nature and scope of excluded services

             (1)  The Minister must cause a review of the operation of this Act to be undertaken with the objective of assessing whether the nature and scope of the excluded services is appropriate.

             (2)  The following matters must be taken into account in conducting the review:

                     (a)  the kinds of new interactive gambling services that are available or expected to be available to Australians;

                     (b)  current community standards concerning interactive gambling;

                     (c)  the prevalence of problem gambling and the evidence linking it to particular kinds of gambling;

                     (d)  the protections offered by service providers to customers to prevent or restrain them from excessive gambling, including:

                              (i)  protections against underage gambling;

                             (ii)  whether the nature of service providers’ systems involve an integration of function and technology that negate the opportunity for breaks in activity or a separation of gambling stimulus from gambling transactions;

                            (iii)  international best practice in the use of technology to limit sessional periodic losses, parameters that limit gambling transaction frequency and value, and the identification of problematic gambling and effective responses for existing lawful wagering services; and

                            (iv)  learnings from international research that may be relevant to the Australian context, and

                     (e)  the impact of technological change, innovation and convergence and implications for the regulatory framework.

             (3)  The review must be conducted in a manner that provides for wide public consultation.

             (4)  The Minister must ensure that a report of the review is presented to the Minister before 30 June 2009.

             (5)  The Minister must cause copies of the report to be laid before each House of Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the Minister has received the report.