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Alston warns off Internet investors with Interactive Gambling Moratorium Bill.

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Alston Warns Off Internet Investors With Interactive Gambling Moratorium Bill Kate Lundy - Shadow Minister Assisting on Information Technology

Media Statement - 6 December 2000

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The Coalition's Interactive Gambling (Moratorium) Bill 2000, which passed in the Senate today after the Democrats split and Tasmanian Senators Harradine and Brown voted with the Government, always was and still is a flawed piece of legislation, Senator Kate Lundy said.

"The Coalition is sending a clear message to investors in Internet-related industries - be prepared to be blown out of the water.

"Senator Alston is jumping up and down alleging that Australia is a new economy, that we are technologically savvy and capable of being a world player in e-commerce and online transactions.

"Yet Senator Alston has just presided over legislation making illegal, online activities that are perfectly legal offline.

"Labor opposed the bill and called on the cross-benches not to indulge the Coalition by supporting their manipulative and misleading legislation designed to deceive Australians into believing problem gambling was being addressed.

"Worst of all, this bill does not address problem gambling and in no way offers leadership for a co-regulatory framework to ensure consumer protection and harm minimisation for Australians engaged in online gambling.

"It's no wonder information technology industry growth in Australia is being retarded under the Howard Government," Senator Lundy said.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.