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Labor will implement a code of conduct of online wagering.



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ALP News Statements

Kate Lundy - Shadow Minister for Information Technology, Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation, Shadow Minister for the Arts

Media Statement - 23 July 2004

Labor will implement a code of conduct of online wagering

A Federal Labor Government will work with the States and Territories to implement an industry code of conduct for online wagering.

It follows a departmental statutory review of the Interactive Gambling Act (IGA).

We recognise that the IGA has been successful in regulating the online gambling sector and minimising the harmful effects of online gambling.

But we believe more can be done and will support the review’s recommendations, including enhanced consumer protection measures and State licensing of betting exchanges.

Labor will work with the States and Territories to develop an online wagering code of conduct which contains the following elements:

• Strong probity measures for firms and individual directors providing online gambling services.

• Obligations to participate in and promote problem gambling services.

• System integrity controls and gambling protocols.

• Appropriate safeguards for protection of minors and exclusions for those not eligible to gamble under Australian law.

• Problem gaming measures including but not restricted to periodic transaction reporting, mandatory time cut outs, and the like.

Labor will work with the States and Territories through the COAG process

to implement the code of conduct.

A Latham Labor Government will also amend the IGA to introduce a mandatory statutory review in the Act and require the review to be undertaken in consultation with the States and Territories.