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Kate Lundy - Internet Gambling Ban Highlights Coalition\'s Hypocrisy

http://www.alp.org.au/media/0301/klmsgame130301.html Wednesday, 21 March 2001

Internet Gambling Ban Highlights Coalition's Hypocrisy Kate Lundy - Shadow Minister Assisting on Information Technology

Media Statement - 13 March 2001

"The Howard Government must urgently release a report by the National Office of the Information Economy (NOIE) into the feasibility of banning Internet gambling," Labor Spokesperson for Internet Technology, Senator Kate Lundy said today.

"The Howard Government's continued pursuit of a total ban on Internet gambling and his refusal to release the NOIE report has exposed the hypocrisy of the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Senator Alston," Senator Lundy said.

"On the one hand, Senator Alston has been trying to tell the world that Australia is an IT savvy nation that understands Internet management and content issues, and is capable of being a player in the new economy.

"On the other hand, Senator Alston is pursuing legislation that restricts Internet growth in Australia and demonstrates the Government's complete inability to understand and manage Internet content.

"Senator Alston's hypocritical approach is to attempt to impose an unworkable and costly ban on Internet content, rather that pursue workable, coordinated legislation that provides consumer protection, parental education, harm minimisation and common standards for operators.

"Senator Alston knows that the costs of implementing and maintaining a technological ban on Internet gambling for Australian citizens are enormous and will in all likelihood, be borne by ISP's who will pass those costs on to consumers.

"He also knows that making ISPs carry the costs of implementing a flawed Coalition policy will have an effect on their competitiveness and may send many of these small IT businesses to the wall.

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"Senator Alston is also aware that the Coalition's stance on the Internet will unfavourably affect Australia's position as a leading e-commerce nation.

"Senator Alston is no doubt aware that a ban on controlled and regulated Internet gambling may lead to an increase in other forms of gambling, which the Coalition has argued is against the national interest.

"Perhaps this is why Senator Alston is refusing to release the report by NOIE into the feasibility of banning Internet gambling," Senator Lundy concluded.

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