Aussie Gambling Laws are not targeted to Restrict Users

08/09/2013
By Pamela PattersonGoogle
The up and down swing of rumours in regard to gambling in Australia have been wayward to say the least.

It is estimated that nearly 80% of Australians participate in some form of gambling making the country a nation where having a flutter is an important part of the culture. After all gambling is a way to blow off steam and have some fun. There are of course those who will go over the top. It’s just like selling alcohol or tobacco. There’s those who take it in moderation and budget well by taking their social habits into account, and then there are those that totally lose control. However, it is surprisingly not these reasons the government has been bringing up issues of online gambling, and so for many just hearing this news is a relief.

Even though the online gambling laws in Australia are not designed to restrict users, they do have some effect on citizens. Those negative effects are few and far between and deemed by the government as for the greater good. Those inconveniences are in fact almost unnoticeable to the average punter anyway.

Right now the media is stirring up a hornets nest by reporting and speculating on the government’s new focus towards gambling in the country. However, the government plans to make the system safer on the contrary to reports that it plans to ban online gambling US style.

The US may have claimed that the online casinos and poker rooms were being shut down to protect its citizens, but arguably the real truth was because the big wig US lawmakers had overseen how big the online gambling industry would be in the States in the first place. Realising how much tax was being lost and how much money was going out the country to foreign owned online gaming companies, the US government shut it down. The aim of this was always to reopen the wires, but ensure the servers are in the US and the tax and licencing is controlled in the US. And that’s exactly what has happened with the recent rebirth of online gaming for cash in the US.



Conversely, the Australian government has in essence done the opposite. It forbids online gambling companies to operate from within the country. This law came in 2001 and by 2008 the last of Australian operated online casinos, Lasseters Online, shut down. Since then all online gambling means that gaming is being fed into the country from other parts of the globe. This foreign feed is in a sense breaking the rules of the Australian government. Despite the operation laws, there is no law against an Aussie citizen playing poker online, and so the mutual agreement between operator and user in the online gambling world is one that is completely legal on the user’s side of the law.

One exception to the laws in regard to online gambling within the borders is aimed at online sports betting operators. As long as an online sports betting site has a land based commercial business running a sports bookies, the restrictive laws allow these companies to be exempted from restrictions.

In short, right now and for the foreseeable future there is and will not be laws put into action against Australian citizens having an online flutter. Instead the government is looking at ways to keep the online gambling experience safe and secure for its nations avid fans of one of the world’s oldest past times, and that sounds like a good thing, so why all the negativity? Find out more at the official Australian government’s page for Q&A about gambling online.
 
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