The legalization ofcould hinge on research into is “relative benefits and harms” according to a report from the Environment and Communications References Committee.
Following ban on online gambling and the acceptance of Australia’s Interactive Gambling Amendment Act 2016 from the Senate in August 2017, a report into the future of this industry was published.
Communications References Committee and the Environment has published its recommendations with poker urge Senator David Leyonhjelm compelling an inquiry into a possible exception for internet poker.
Inquiry Takes an Assortment of Opinions
Scheduled for release on September 14, Australians in Online Poker inquiry’s Engagement was ready on October 18. Designed to assess the pros and cons of regulating the market, submissions were received by the question from several sources.
Besides testimonies from Leyonhjelm, members of this committee reviewed evidence and opinions from the likes of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance who called the current ban “paternalistic” and “patronizing.”
Supporting this view, founder of the Australian Online Poker Alliance (AOPA) Joseph Del Duca argued that taxpaying citizens should have the right to play as they wish if it’s not harming anyone else.
Beyond the remarks the question took some of the differences between poker and casino games. Luck was mentioned as the main differential because of a study by the University of Rotterdam that suggested skill is a “highly predictable indicator of achievement” in poker.
A New System Could Prove Positive
In summary, the governmental committee made two initial recommendations based on its own query. The first called for a wait and see strategy following the implementation of the National Consumer Protection Framework.
The framework is expected to be implemented later this year and could offer a beginning point for a form of internet poker. Leyonhjelm himself has acknowledged that the current system is not adequate and has called for the creation of a regulatory body similar to the(UKGC).
The committee’s second recommendation was that research into the impact of no regulation and regulation needs to be carried out. Within the report, committee members noted the lack of evidence regarding the personal and social impact of problem gambling and poker.
The committee has suggested the Department of Social Services looks into the matter, although supporters of this game have argued that such issues do not exist. It’s a step in the right direction and one that should give players something, although the question is able to recommend a route to regulation.