|The government of Denmark is asking Australia to stop their online gambling companies from offering them I-gaming services. |
The Danish Ministry of Taxation recently submitted a letter to Australia's communications and information technology minister, Sen. Richard Alston, requesting that Denmark be given 'designated country' status under Australia's Interactive Gaming Act. The act, which is two years old and is currently under review, bars companies from taking bets from Australians.
Denmark's request was submitted as part of Australia's call for opinions on its I-gambling law. Many gambling companies and groups including Betfair, Lasseters, the Australian Banking Association, MasterCard International and Tabcorp Holdings have been glad to give feedback.
The Danish Tax Ministry stated that Denmark has been blocking online gambling services to Australians and would like Australia to do the same. The submission states that: 'At a critical moment for the prospects of jurisdictional integrity in the regulation of cross-border gaming, the Danish Ministry of Taxation requests the Australian government to continue to build on the norm of respect with a view to broaden the scope of application of the special scheme for designated countries to cover all kinds of gambling services.'
Gambling of any kind is of great concern to the country for two reasons: to avoid negative social consequences of gambling and to allow the profits of state-run gambling operations to fund social and charitable causes.
There are indications that other Nordic countries will follow Denmark's lead in limiting access to I-gaming. The Australian Financial Review reported that at a recent meeting of Nordic countries, representatives from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland said they are also likely to limit how much their citizens gamble with foreign operators.