The question of whether or not to allow online gambling casinos to operate within Australian shores has risen again.
At present there is an inquiry in parliament reviewing the Interactive Gaming Act, which as it stands does not allow casino websites to be based within the country.
Peter Hoult who represents the Tasmanian Gaming Commission has expressed his concern about Australian players using overseas sites, some of which may not be properly regulated.
He states that, “We should set up a regulated Australian online environment and encourage people to use those safe and regulated operators.”
Andrew Wilkie, who chairs the committe and is very vocal in his views about gambling, has, rather surprisingly. said that this is something that is in fact being considered.
It is unclear which way the committee will go, whether they will tighten online gambling controls still further, or liberalise the law so that it is easier to regulate and therefore keep Australians safer online than they are currently.
The committe is expected to release the report either later this year, or early in 2012.