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Thursday, 28 June 2001
Page: 25424


Senator ALSTON (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (4:42 PM) —The short answer is that, when the bill was originally drafted, it was not anticipated that we might be able to invoke the powers that are available under the Interstate Wire Act to deal with offshore companies in the way we are proposing. The removal of the link enables us to have jurisdiction over all companies providing services to Australian gamblers whether or not they have links with Australia. We took the reference out because, in doing so, it gives us a broader power or a greater reach and enables us to take action against those providers who come to Australia whether or not they have any other connection with Australia.