|The Australian Labour Party (ALP) has joined the Democrats in rejecting plans from the Federal Government for a 12-month moratorium on new online gambling services, backdated to May 19.|
The ALP voiced opinions that a full ban or moratorium was not a feasible option, and would only force operators to move offshore, thus leaving consumers without a local regulatory body to protect them.
Labour Senator Mark Bishop said, “What there needs to be is a national framework to regulate the industry which provides safeguards for consumers and industry codes of practice.”
The government now face not only huge industry opposition to moratorium (which would launch an enquiry into whether online gambling should be banned entirely in Australia) but also opposition from the two major political parties. The legislation will face great difficulty in passing through the Senate.