Many things can be said about the Australians, but one fact that is seemingly true about a larger percentage of the population is that that they love to gamble. Luckily, Australian gambling law permits them to do so, accordingly.
This, however, is not the case for gambling in all of its many forms. Land-based gambling in most forms has been legal for many years and continuously gains in popularity. An Aussie who wishes to gamble can easily find, slots, sportsbooks, land-based casinos, poker rooms and many race tracks through the country.
Internet gambling in Australia is another story. Though online sportsbooks and poker rooms are currently legal to citizens, other forms of online gambling are not permitted and are in fact prohibited. This may be changed in the near future as it has become a big political issue recently.
Elections are coming up and the government is trying to ban Australians from internet gambling sources by blocking sites, but they are, altogether, ineffective. Where there’s a will, there’s a way and the Australians continuously prove this timeless saying through their resilience.
Though the government tries, in vain, to block them, there are many online casinos in Australia. These online gambling facilities are based in offshore locations where gambling is illegal and, therefore, outside of the government’s jurisdiction.
Current estimates indicate that Australians spent a massive $790 million at foreign based sites in 2008. That’s a lot of revenue that the Australian government is losing and they seem to be eyeing this as a potential reason to change legislation.
It can also be argued that if the Australian government were to liberalize its gambling laws and allow sites to offer their services to Australians, the sites could be better regulated generating revenue and better yet, protecting gamblers.