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According to a report in the newspaper The West Australian, the government may be planning an attempt to regulate online gambling in Australia.
In a report to a parliamentary inquiry, the Western Australian Department of Gaming stated that the current laws in place are flawed and hampering enforcement of the state's attempts to quash betting. The report says that the state government may seek regulation in the event that the federal government cannot enforce the current laws.
The Interactive Gambling Act, which was passed in 2001 makes it illegal for websites to offer real money casino games to residents of Australia with penalties of up to $220,000 per day for individuals within a company and $1.1 million per day for an organization.
The Western Australian also reports that while the IGA is a law, they could find nobody who had been prosecuted since the law was passed. The federal government is said to be currently reviewing the IGA but suggests there is not a realistic option to improve