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New Australian gambling laws introduced

27 February 2007

AUSTRALIA – (PRESS RELEASE) -- New laws to reinforce the integrity, scrutiny and transparency of the review of the lotteries and gambling licences will be introduced into Parliament tomorrow the Minister for Gaming, Daniel Andrews said.

Mr Andrews said the central aims of the Gambling Regulation Amendment ( Review Panel ) Bill 2007 were to create the Gambling Licences Review Panel which will:

- Look at the processes for reviewing the regulatory structure and associated arrangements that will apply after the existing gaming and wagering licences expire;

- Report on the processes for awarding the next licences including the lotteries license and;

- Present a report that will be released publicly.

'The independent panel will provide further guarantees of integrity and add a final layer of scrutiny to the process of reviewing the gaming and wagering licences and the process for issuing new licences,' Mr Andrews said.

The Panel will guarantee the lotteries and gambling licence review processes will continue to be transparent and will take its recommendations through me to cabinet.

To be chaired by a retired judge, the panel will include a business person with expertise in corporate governance, a former senior public administrator or auditor and a representative from the community sector.

The review panel's reports will be made public when the decision is announced on the future regulatory structures and arrangements for gaming machines and wagering and on the grant or issue of a licence or authorisation that is the subject of a report.

This announcement builds on previously released issues papers and Peter Kirby's 2006 review of public consultations and submissions into gambling license arrangements after 2012.

'The establishment of the review panel will guarantee the public lotteries licensing process and the gaming machine and wagering licences review and licensing processes will continue to be conducted with the highest level of probity, transparency and accountability,' Mr Andrews said.

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