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Politicians inside of Australia are taking a hard look at the sportsbetting industry after several football clubs within the country admitted that they did not have policies in place to handle gambling and possible corruption, a report by Australian newspaper The Age claims.
The news report claims that the Green Party has launched an attempt to ban internet based betting on local area football matches, claiming that the integrity of the game is at stake.
Green Party Spokesman Richard Di Natale, who used to play professional football told The Age that his party would use the review of the Interactive Gambling Act to try to get the ban passed through.
'It's difficult enough for the AFL with its immense resources to pick up bets from players who stand to gain from insider knowledge, but suburban footy leagues stand little or no chance." Di Natale was quoted as saying.
Australian sportsbetting giant TAB Sportsbet has reportedly warned legislators that if the current sportsbetting market was left unregulated, it would pose a serious issue to the integrity of the sport. The company currently does not take bets on local matches, instead focusing on VFL and AFL games.
Sports Minister Kate Lundy had a spokeswoman issue comment in the report regarding local match betting, saying that the government was working with various sports to make sure that online betting is being regulated.
''This type of betting concerns the government and we will be looking into it further." the Spokeswoman said.