It is a busy time for the Australian government at the moment, as lawmakers have worked hard to change a number of laws regarding online gambling. As we all know by now, the government has been working towards passing laws that will close off loopholes that have allowed unlicensed operators to offer online casino and poker games. Now, new reports have surfaced that suggest the Australian government will be looking at blocking Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in an order to completely shut down all unlicensed gambling operators in the country.
Australian Government Considers More Regulations
The Human Services Minster of Australia, Alan Tudge, came out recently and spoke about the proposal to block ISPs, although he did say that it is just being considered at this time. There are a few other proposals that are being discussed, including regulations that would prevent financial institutions from processing transactions to unlicensed iGaming sites.
Mr Tudge mentioned these proposals when he was speaking about the National Consumer Protection Framework, which is said to include 11 new ways to protect Australian gamblers when playing online.
New protection for Aussie Gamblers
The new National Consumer Protection Framework will include several ways to protect gamblers, including a national self-exclusion register and a way for players to voluntarily set themselves spending limits. In addition to this, online casinos will no longer be allowed to offer gambler credit to gamble, and all licensed operators will need to send their players a statement. The hope is that all of this will come together to allow players to better track their gambling spending.
Tudge expects the Australian government to put these changes in place by July 2017. With online gambling growing in Australia by around 15% per year, the Australian government feels it is important to take sensible action now to protect its citizens from future gambling problems.
While most people will agree that all of these new proposals will likely be a good thing, we can see some people having an issue with the Australian government blocking ISPs. That is likely to attract opposition, as there are many who advocate for Net Neutrality, meaning the Internet is completely open.