Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

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Re: Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

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Re: Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

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RE: Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

Postby Kaitlyn » Wed May 22, 2013 12:52 pm

Hi Angelina,
Wow - thank you so much for resources, will definitely assist in my further studies of the topic.

Yes I believe online gambling has the potential to create dangerous ramifications on our future generations, and is of great concern considering most studies are displaying that online gambling is most attractive to Australia's younger male demographics.
I was also drawn to this area as I am currently in my final year of a Social Work degree and am interested in how social policy can impact upon Australian communities. I find it alarming that this policy has had basically no impact despite the amount of community concern around problem gambling. I just find it so confusing how the Australian Government are very aware of the impacts of problem gambling, yet are making minimal effort to stop the issue from spreading through the use of online gambling. It appears the Government is simply turning a blind eye. Would you agree?

As a facilitator for the forums, have you seen much evidence of online gambling use? Have you witnessed any strategies individuals have used to assist in stopping their use of online gambling?

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Kaitlyn.
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RE: Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

Postby Kaitlyn » Wed May 22, 2013 12:42 pm

Thanks Linda for your comments. Yes I also agree that that is definitely a scary reality of online gambling, and I believe it would be also be a reasonable suggestion that gamblers can begin to feel lost in the game and lose sight of the amount they are losing.
Great to hear you are no longer attracted to online gambling. Do you believe it's attraction is growing amongst society however?
Thanks, Kaitlyn.
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RE: Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

Postby Angelina. » Sat May 18, 2013 12:53 am

Hi Linda,

You are absolutely correct- the loss of contact with actual money is so dangerous, and it particularly targets the younger generation. I am not surprised that the offshore experience was not pleasant Glad to hear you won't be doing that again!

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RE: Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

Postby Angelina. » Sat May 18, 2013 12:51 am

Hi Kaitlyn,

Welcome to the forum- great to see you here

I wonder what has sparked your curiousity to research online gambling? Is it for our children, the future generation?

The team here at gambling help online certainly concur in regards to your research findings. Our statistics reflect that predominantly young men utilise online gambling counselling more so than other services provided. And yes, an increasing proportion of those clients are using online sports and TAB betting- scary I agree, particularly as you can carry the TAB in your pocket!

In regards to the policy, yes I had trouble comprehending it myself. It was my understanding that international gambling companies were not allowed to directly offer the service to you, but they entice you by popping up when you click on a miscellaneous brain teaser, for example; which are designed to snag you.

In regards to the psychological literature, there is not much out there on online gambling! What I have been able to access is linked below. Hope this helps :

http://fegger.com/articles/chi2002.pdf (trusting online gambling sites)

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14459795.2011.628684 (patterns of behaviour integration- online gambling)'

http://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11469-009-9203-7 (online poker in uni students)

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0148296306000300 (online gambling retention)

http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/30000762?uid=367250681&uid=3737536&uid=2&uid=3&uid=67&uid=16967880&uid=62&sid=21102295845947 (public policy in the US)

http://www.austgamingcouncil.org.au/images/pdf/eLibrary/1883.pdf (online participation in wagering and sports betting)

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RE: Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

Postby Linda2 » Fri May 17, 2013 11:35 pm

Hi Kaitlyn

I wonder if it is because it doesn't feel real, like a computer game and you can bet high to win big. Cause it's only a chip or 10!

It would not become real until you get your credit card statement.

I tried it once and won, but I could not get my money back and so I lost it. I tried ringing the Casino which was located in the Canary Islands with very limited sucess, so that put me off. Never tried it again.

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RE: Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

Postby Kaitlyn » Fri May 17, 2013 4:51 pm

Thanks for your reply ansert, and it's great to hear you are not attracted to online gambling.

It is concerning how much people are gambling online. Why do you think people are betting higher amounts online?
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RE: Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

Postby ansert » Wed May 08, 2013 6:15 pm

Having seen the damage online gambling has caused some of our friends here I am DEAD against it, the amounts are huge and seem to be much larger and more easy to lose.

Glad that has never appealed to me!
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Thoughts on the Interactive Gambling Act 2001?

Postby Kaitlyn » Wed May 08, 2013 2:32 pm

Hi everyone,
My name is Kaitlyn and I am writing to gather some ideas and perspectives around the current laws in Australia in regards to online gambling. I have been looking in particular at the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 and have found interesting contradictions within the policy and the growth of online gambling within Australia. Have many of you have had involvement with online gambling? And why? I myself have always rathered land-based forms of gambling, generally as I participate in gambling quite rarely and when I do it tends to be for social purposes.

The policy states that thatany individual found offering online gambling websites to Australians will be fined a maximum of $220,000 per day or $1.1million per day if any organisationis found offering online services to Australian residents. To this day there are no reports of any charges laid for offences made against this policy, however current research suggests that more than $1billion is lost by Australian residents using off-shore and illegal online gambling websites. What are your thoughts on this data, does it come as a shock?

Within the policy it also statesthat it is an offence to “broadcast or publish interactive gambling service advertisements in Australia�. How often have you seen ads for online gambling services whether for Australian or foreign services? What form of media were these advertisements viewed (eg: TV, internet, radio, etc)?