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COMMUNITY AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Xenophon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 18 November 2010:

The prevalence of interactive and online gambling in Australia and the adequacy of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to effectively deal with its social and economic impacts, with particular reference to:

 (a) the recent growth in interactive sports betting and the changes in online wagering due to new technologies;

 (b) the development of new technologies, including mobile phones, smart phones and interactive television, that increase the risk and incidence of problem gambling;

 (c) the relative regulatory frameworks of online and non-online gambling;

 (d) inducements to bet on sporting events online;

 (e) the risk of match-fixing in sports as a result of the types of bets available online, and whether certain types of bets should be prohibited, such as spot-betting in sports which may expose sports to corruption;

 (f) the impact of betting exchanges, including the ability to bet on losing outcomes;

 (g) the implications of betting on political events, particularly election outcomes;

 (h) appropriate regulation, including codes of disclosure, for persons betting on events over which they have some participation or special knowledge, including match-fixing of sporting events; and

 (i) any other related matters.

Question put and passed.