|The Interactive Gambling Act 2001, which prevents Australians from gambling online, has come under fire from top Attorney Andrew Handelsmann. The Sydney-based IT and Internet law attorney said that the ban was “undermined by legal and technical loopholes that render it quite ineffectual in preventing Australians from gambling online.”|
The ban currently allows online casinos to operate from Australia, but will not allow them to take bets from Australians.
Handelsmann believes that the government legislation is an attempt to “pre-empt what it has predicted will be an epidemic of home based gaming.” Handelamann then continues to cite industry analysts who believe that legalised offshore gambling is more of a threat to Australia’s gambling problems.
On examination of the legal evidence, Handelsmann concludes “it is arguable that a policy of strong regulation rather than blanket prohibition is the only practical and effective way to minimise the risks associated with Internet gambling.”