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Gambling with truth

gambling with truth

Stand with us against poker machines designed to addict. Join Tim Costello and over 40 community groups, councils and churches┬áto help expose the truth about the gambling industry. For 20 years I have known about the damage caused by poker machines. But I never quite understood exactly how they do so much damage. I honestly thought I couldn’t be shocked any more. You will never see your local pub or club the same way again.

That is why I have joined with more than 40 community organisations to help expose the truth about the gambling industry. You may have seen news stories on TV about the poker machine industry recently. There have been revelations about our politicians being paid off by industry lobbyists, Woolworths owned pokie-pubs seeking to lure families in with ‘kids eat free’ deals and new poker machines coming to Australia which are more addictive than ever before. Probably like you, I refuse to take this lying down. I am sick to death of the pokies playing us all. 11billion dollars is taken from postcodes that can least afford it, every year. So, over 40 local governments, churches, community groups and people have come together for this final push. We have all reached breaking point in this issue, and it feels like Australians across the country are ready to join this important battle. The Alliance for Gambling Reform is a collaboration of organisations with a shared concern about the deeply harmful and unfair impacts of gambling and its normalisation in Australian culture. We campaign for reforms of the gambling industry that reduce the harm it causes.

ALLIANCE FOR GAMBLING REFORM unless otherwise stated. This title may be cited as the ‘Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006’. PROHIBITION ON ACCEPTANCE OF ANY PAYMENT INSTRUMENT FOR UNLAWFUL INTERNET GAMBLING. Internet gambling is primarily funded through personal use of payment system instruments, credit cards, and wire transfers. The National Gambling Impact Study Commission in 1999 recommended the passage of legislation to prohibit wire transfers to Internet gambling sites or the banks which represent such sites. Internet gambling is a growing cause of debt collection problems for insured depository institutions and the consumer credit industry. New mechanisms for enforcing gambling laws on the Internet are necessary because traditional law enforcement mechanisms are often inadequate for enforcing gambling prohibitions or regulations on the Internet, especially where such gambling crosses State or national borders.

Rule of Construction- No provision of this subchapter shall be construed as altering, limiting, or extending any Federal or State law or Tribal-State compact prohibiting, permitting, or regulating gambling within the United States. All prizes and awards offered to winning participants are established and made known to the participants in advance of the game or contest and their value is not determined by the number of participants or the amount of any fees paid by those participants. BUSINESS OF BETTING OR WAGERING- The term ‘business of betting or wagering’ does not include the activities of a financial transaction provider, or any interactive computer service or telecommunications service. DESIGNATED PAYMENT SYSTEM- The term ‘designated payment system’ means any system utilized by a financial transaction provider that the Secretary and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in consultation with the Attorney General, jointly determine, by regulation or order, could be utilized in connection with, or to facilitate, any restricted transaction. INTERNET- The term ‘Internet’ means the international computer network of interoperable packet switched data networks. RESTRICTED TRANSACTION- The term ‘restricted transaction’ means any transaction or transmittal involving any credit, funds, instrument, or proceeds described in any paragraph of section 5363 which the recipient is prohibited from accepting under section 5363. SECRETARY- The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of the Treasury.

STATE- The term ‘State’ means any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, or any commonwealth, territory, or other possession of the United States. IN GENERAL- The term ‘unlawful Internet gambling’ means to place, receive, or otherwise knowingly transmit a bet or wager by any means which involves the use, at least in part, of the Internet where such bet or wager is unlawful under any applicable Federal or State law in the State or Tribal lands in which the bet or wager is initiated, received, or otherwise made. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION REGARDING PREEMPTION- Nothing in this subchapter may be construed to preempt any State law prohibiting gambling. SENSE OF CONGRESS- It is the sense of Congress that this subchapter shall not change which activities related to horse racing may or may not be allowed under Federal law. This subparagraph is intended to address concerns that this subchapter could have the effect of changing the existing relationship between the Interstate Horseracing Act and other Federal statutes in effect on the date of the enactment of this subchapter. This subchapter is not intended to change that relationship. INTERMEDIATE ROUTING- The intermediate routing of electronic data shall not determine the location or locations in which a bet or wager is initiated, received, or otherwise made.

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