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Monday, 20 March 2017
Page: 1468


Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (21:05): I am from the crossbench and I am here to help. I will not pursue that any further and I will engage with the minister genuinely in relation to that. It will not just be media reforms we will be talking about; it will be these issues as well.

Can I just go to a point raised in 1.4 of the Senate committee's report in terms of this bill:

… there is uncertainty around the legality of services under the IGA and enforcement has been minimal, with no prosecutions since the legislation was enacted in 2001 'despite a considerable number of complaints made by Australians in relation to illegal online gambling services'.

That is something that the Hon. Alan Tudge, a minister in the other place, made reference to in the Hansard on 10 November 2016. Can the minister advise how many complaints have been made since the inception of the act? And can he advise that there have not been any prosecutions under the Interactive Gambling Act at all after 16 years of operation?