- The Commonwealth government needs to take a stronger leadership role on gambling reform.
- Funding should be by:
- 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.
- Funding derived from establishment of a new National Australian Lotteries Commission.
- 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.
- Ramping-up national consumer protection laws to implement the Productivity Commission 2008 recommendations for a new national generic consumer law.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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).
- Maintain ban on Interactive Gambling and improve player safety.
- 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.
- Institute new national anti-fraud and anti-money laundering provisions and set up an Independent National Research and Probity Commission.
30th April 2010