ClubsNSW Says Internet Gambling Laws 'Well Overdue'

1 October 2008

The Registered Clubs Association of New South Wales, or ClubsNSW, announced on Monday that it rejected a proposal in June from Centrebet International Ltd., a Northern Territory Online Operator.

Under the proposal, which was unanimously rejected by the ClubsNSW board, it said it would have received ongoing commissions from sports bets placed by club members through Centrebet’s Web site or through mobile phone applications.

David Costello, chief executive of ClubsNSW, cited the United States Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, matching the situation in the America to that of Australia.

“Compare this with Australia where Internet gambling operators are not only free to advertise but are also offering inducements such as $200 free bets for new members on the condition they use a credit card,” Mr. Costello said in a prepared statement.

“Governments have introduced over 200 different laws which clubs must abide by to operate poker machines,” he continued. “Similar laws for Internet gambling are well overdue.”