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Australian Internet Casinos Approve Tough Rules

9 March 2001

AUSTRALIA – March 9, 2001 – As reported by Excite Australia: "Casino operators have given the tick of approval to tough new rules for on-line gaming in a last-ditch bid to convince the government a total ban on the industry is unnecessary

"State gaming regulators co-operated with the Northern Territory to draft a uniform set of interactive gambling rules, which have been circulated to other state governments for comment.

"…The government's 12-month freeze on new Internet gaming operations, that forced four Australian companies to abandon their on-line services, is due to expire on May 19.

"….The new rules would make sure Internet operators:

"Are subject to the same licensing conditions as other gaming companies;

"Use software that can be easily audited, logs transactions, is secure and passes an independent test;

"….Ask clients' permission before passing on personal information;

"…Check proof of ID before allowing a player to register;

"…Ban children and credit betting;

"Allow gamblers to ban themselves for at least seven days and enforce a permanent ban across all states after three self-exclusions…"

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