|The Australian federal government’s prohibition on Internet gambling is failing, according to a report today in the West Australian Online newspaper. |
A year-long survey of Internet gamblers conducted by the Australian Casino Association (ACA) found that 40% of Australian Internet bettors used offshore gambling sites. 38% of the offshore gamblers came form New South Wales and 31% from Victoria, with the heaviest day for gambling being Sunday.
ACA executive director Chris Downy said the survey is proof that last year’s Interactive Gambling Act that banned Australian-based online casinos was a failure.
'The level of interest in online gaming remained relatively consistent throughout the year and actually increased in July 2001 at the same time as the introduction of the Interactive Gambling Act,' he said.
'The entertainment/gambling category attracted nearly 5% of total internet traffic in Australia per month between February and December last year.'