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Tuesday, 8 February 2005
Page: 179


Senator Allison asked the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 17 November 2004:

(1)   Has the Australian Broadcasting Authority or anyone else referred to the Australian Federal Police any complaints that Betfair breached subsection 8A(2) of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 by taking a bet on the US Golf Open after the event had started; if so: (a) what is the status of that referral; and (b) have charges been laid.

(2)   Has there been any investigation of claims that Betfair continue to offer betting that contravenes subsection 8A(2) of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001; if so, have charges been laid: if not why not.


Senator Ellison (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   This matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) by the Australian Broadcasting Authority on 31 March 2003.

(a)   The matter is under investigation.

(b)   No.

(2)   This matter is under investigation. No charges have yet been laid.