Bet­ting clam­p­down

The Weekend Post - - Nation -

ON­LINE bet­ting com­pa­nies were banned this week from of­fer­ing lines of credit to des­per­ate pun­ters as the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment promised the new law was just the start of a crack­down on the fastest grow­ing form of gam­bling.

In the next few months it will be­come il­le­gal for on­line bet­ting com­pa­nies to of­fer new gam­blers with spe­cial deals and bonuses or for play­ers to re­fer a friend.

Bet­ting com­pany staff will also have to un­dergo lessons in “re­spon­si­ble gam­ing” — sim­i­lar to those for al­co­hol serv­ing.

Fed­eral Hu­man Ser­vices Min­is­ter Alan Tudge (above) said the crack­down, agreed to by all state and fed­eral min­is­ters, would also make it eas­ier for peo­ple to “self-ex­clude” them­selves from on­line gam­bling in a straight­for­ward “one step process”. “The gam­bling prob­lems of the fu­ture will all come from the on­line space if we don’t put sen­si­ble pro­tec­tions in place now,” Mr Tudge said.

The first part of the re­forms be­came law last Wed­nes­day with bans on pay­day lenders be­ing al­lowed to also of­fer on­line gam­bling. There was also a clam­p­down on the on­line op­er­a­tors promis­ing lines of credit.

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