|The Australian government is powerless to write-off illegal I-gaming debt. Despite a law in Australia passed in 2001 that prohibits online poker and casino gambling the government failed to impose regulations that would essentially make the collection of illegal gambling debt collectable.|
An options paper written by Communications Minister Richard Alston revealed the flaw in I-gaming regulation. The paper was written as part of a review of the 2001 Interactive Gambling Act.
Though permitting lottery and some sports gambling the controversial law rejects other forms of online gambling much to the chagrin of local authorities that had already licensed operators to provide online gambling. They felt that the law should be applied equally to all forms of online gambling – something the current review is expected to explore.
Alston’s report covers various methods with which the government could enforce the current ban. Alternatives to simply writing off illegal gambling debt suggested in his report also include forcing credit card companies to prevent transactions of illegal gambling. However this is being tried in America with little success. Persistent players may get round this approach by opening offshore accounts that Australian law has no power over.
Despite recent news articles that claimed Australians were the worst gamblers in the world official Australian reports claim that illegal online gambling is currently not a widespread problem.