Clubs Australia says the ban of online gambling in Australia has yielded fruitless results to date.
Clubs Australia Online Gambling Proposal
The non-profit organization replied in response to the Australian government’s proposal where the latter stated that it would review its ban on online gambling. Clubs Australia proposed that in the event it is legalized in the country that it should be controlled by the sports club.
Club Australia did a research on the ban of online gambling and said that research indicated that it failed. The reason why it failed is that Australians punters wager approximately a billion dollars per annum at offshore online casinos. The organization also pointed out that if the Australian government fails to legalize it now-local online punters will spend in the region of A$17.9 billion within the next decade on these sites.
The organization continued by saying that if casino games are permitted, that it should be the only operator allowed to offer this service since it can mitigate the effects of online gambling. It further states: ”Such a model would at the least feature existing club gambling policies such as a ban on credit card betting, a ban on inducements to gamble and a ban on advertising to non-club members.
”A locally based, club operated online gaming model would provide Australians a legitimate avenue for consumers to exercise their gambling preferences, and engage in an enjoyable activity within a safe and regulated environment.”
Online Gambling Benefits
Online gambling will also benefit the Australian government. Clubs Australia said that within the next 10 years this favourite pastime could generate as much as A$4.7 billion in tax. And within a period of five years club-operated gaming could potentially yield an additional A$34 million.
Executive Director of Clubs Australia, Anthony Ball stressed that his organization is not proposing that casino-style gambling online should be permitted, but said “we strongly believe that if the federal and state governments choose to go down that path, then the safest way is through a club-based, not-for profit-model.”