The Federal Government has moved to protect pharmacy gambling revenue, Minister tells Parliament
New legislation banning online lottery and keno betting services will protect an important source of revenue to pharmacies and businesses, a federal government minister said in Parliament last week.
The Government introduced the Interactive Gambling Amendment (Lottery Betting) Bill 2018 in March this year. The Bill will legislate a nationwide prohibition against all online lottery and keno betting services, “ensuring a nationally consistent approach to this issue”, said the Minister for Communication, Senator Mitch Fifield.
In response to a petition to the House of Representatives, he said the government had moved to shore up the viability of “traditional” gambling services to pharmacies and other small businesses.
“We have taken this action in recognition of the importance of traditional official lottery and keno services to thousands of small businesses across Australia including newsagents, pharmacies, stand-alone lottery agents, pubs, RSLs and community clubs,” Senator Fifield said.
The petitions had requested amendments to the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to prohibit the betting on the outcome of a lottery draw.
“I am pleased to advise you that the Turnbull Government is taking strong action to address the many concerns raised with us about the provision of lottery betting services by Lottoland and other online corporate bookmakers licensed in Australia,” Senator Fifield said.
“Many Australians enjoy lotteries and keno as a recreational activity, and the Government is committed to ensuring online gambling takes place under a robust legislative framework with strong consumer protections within the boundaries of community standards.”