Monday, 12 September 2016
The government does not support this motion. We are taking strong action to implement a stronger national consumer protection framework for online gambling. We are working with the states and territories, and will shortly introduce legislation to implement the government's response to the review of illegal offshore wagering conducted by the Hon. Barry O'Farrell. Gambling advertising is regulated under a co-regulatory framework through codes of practice enforced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The government supports this co-regulatory framework as the best of way of ensuring that advertising is in keeping with community standards. Finally, the government does not agree that the Minister for Communications can issue a direction in the terms described by part (c) of this motion.