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Monday, 20 March 2017
Page: 1476

Senator FIFIELD (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate, Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts) (21:39): Thanks for the opportunity to give an update on that. The Commonwealth Treasury is indeed leading the implementation of the response to recommendation 18 of the O'Farrell review, which, as you pointed out, committed to consult with banks and credit card providers to assess the potential options and practicality of payment-blocking strategies to address illegal offshore wagering. That is certainly something that is happening. Let me point out that, during the October 2016 consultation period, Treasury consulted with 10 external stakeholders, including the Australian Bankers' Association, MasterCard, Visa and the Australian Payments Clearing Association as well as government agencies.