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Key recommendations

  1. The Commonwealth government needs to take a stronger leadership role on gambling reform.
  2. Funding should be by:
    1. A new Commonwealth tax of two per cent of net gambling revenue on the grounds that the industry has been under-taxed. This would net $378 million annually.
    2. Funding derived from establishment of a new National Australian Lotteries Commission.
  3. The Commonwealth initiate changes to the Grants Commission formula adding incentives for state governments to reduce their reliance on gambling taxes or suffer reductions in Commonwealth grants.
  4. Ramping-up national consumer protection laws to implement the Productivity Commission 2008 recommendations for a new national generic consumer law.
  5. The Ministerial Council on Consumer Affairs (MCCA) to implement a new national framework specifically directed to strengthening consumer protection in ‘dangerous consumptions’ products (alcohol, tobacco, gambling).
  6. Instituting national machine product, industry and venue standards which will protect consumers by applying the equivalent of seat belts and airbags to gaming machines and gaming environments.
  7. Using corporations law to re-regulate gambling services provider’s license to operate and duty of care to both customers (host responsibility) and employees (duty of care to employees wellbeing and safety).
  8. Maintain ban on Interactive Gambling and improve player safety.
  9. The Commonwealth to lead on a national player tracking system (modelled on that used in Nova Scotia, Canada) using the latest research in detection of abnormal or risky playing patterns.
  10. Institute new national anti-fraud and anti-money laundering provisions and set up an Independent National Research and Probity Commission.

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30th April 2010