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Monday, 20 March 2017
Page: 1474

Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (21:32): Does that mean that if one jurisdiction—for instance, the Northern Territory, which makes a bit of money out of this; it seems to be the main place where online bookmakers are licensed because of a very, very—I will not say liberal—laissez-faire licensing regime and very low tax rates so it is a magnet for these overseas online illegal bookmakers—says, 'No, we don't want to go ahead with this', that is the end of the matter? I am concerned that the many good recommendations in the O'Farrell review can easily be stymied if just one jurisdiction that says: 'We do not want to go down this path. We are not prepared to cop it.' Is it the case that just one state or territory can effectively veto the consumer protection framework reform process?