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Notice given 16 October 2003

2311  Senator Harris: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—With reference to the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 :

(1) What is the status of the review required under section 68(1) of the Act.

(2) Given that section 68(3) of the Act requires that a report of the review required under section 68(2) must be tabled within 15 sitting days of its receipt by the Minister, will the Minister undertake to table the report on or before 4 December 2003, being the last scheduled sitting day for 2003.

(3) What is the status of investigations, if any, by the Australian Federal Police into breaches of section 8A(2), which concerns betting after the commencement of sporting events, by overseas wagering operators aggressively targeting Australian punters.

(4) What is the status of investigations, if any, by the Australian Tax Office or other authorities in relation to overseas wagering operators which fail to register for the goods and services tax while aggressively targeting Australian punters and, in some cases, have staff and consultants based in Australia.

(5) Do exemptions or exclusions under the Act override or provide immunity from state and territory laws in relation to the advertising, promotion or conduct of interactive gambling services providers that are not licensed or authorised by those states and territories. 

2313  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Has any investigation been undertaken by the department of the economic and social effects of removing the Afghan refugees from Albany, Western Australia.

(2) Has there been any consultation with the Albany community on the removal of the Afghan refugees.