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Australian Gov't May Try Again on Internet Gambling Ban

11 October 2000

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—Oct. 11, 2000 – As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald: "The Australian Government's failed move for a 12-month moratorium on new Internet gaming licenses has not completely taken the wind out of its sails, and the possibility of reintroducing the legislation at a later date still looms large.

"The Government's moratorium legislation - intended to keep a lid on Australian Internet gambling sites pending an inquiry into the feasibility of a total ban - was defeated by one vote in the Australian Senate on Monday night.

"…However a spokesman for Australia's Communications Minister Richard Alston said on Tuesday that the Government might still try to ban online gambling with legislation that would override the States.

"He told the Sydney Morning Herald a government inquiry into the feasibility of a total ban was still under way, and the Government reserved the right to reintroduce its legislation when it was completed.

"It would only need to persuade one Senator to change his or her vote to have the legislation succeed.

"Meanwhile Australia's Internet Industry Association (IIA) urged the Government to regulate the industry, rather than ban it…"

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