Australia’s national industry body for newsagents and lottery agents, the Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association (ALNA), is pleased that parliament has unanimously supported an amendment to the Interactive Gambling Bill that will bring protection to the consumer by closing the loophole that lotto betting sites have been operating out of.
Speaking out about the passing of the Interactive Gambling Amendment (Lottery Betting) Bill through the lower house, ALNA CEO Adam Joy said, “The lotto betting amendment to the Interactive Gambling Bill passed with unanimous support from the House of Representatives, and without even a division. This will protect Australia from synthetic lotteries.
“We are encouraged by the clear intent of the parliament today to rebuke online betting on lottery outcomes in Australia. This is a win for Australians and an endorsement of the Australian parliament, and we look forward to the amendment passing in the senate in due course.”
ALNA represents more than 2,000 small businesses, many of them family-owned, who rely on the sale of official government-regulated lottery products. There are over 4,000 lottery retailers in Australia.