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Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Page: 351


Ms SHARKIE (Mayo) (18:13): I move amendment (20), as circulated in my name:

(20) Schedule 1, page 36 (after line 19), after item 143, insert:

143A After section 69A

Insert:

69B Minister must mandate blocking illegal overseas gambling websites

The Minister must, within 6 months after the commencement of this section, make a legislative instrument requiring internet service providers to block access to illegal overseas gambling websites.

This amendment goes to recognising the difficulty of enforcing penalties against international gambling operations and also recognises the harm they do to everyday Australians. This final amendment of mine will compel the minister to make a legislative instrument within six months of the bill's assent, requiring internet service providers to block illegal overseas gambling websites. This will protect Australians from being solicited by these sites.