American Gaming Association and Clubs Australia Announce Partnership
Clubs Australia and the American Gaming Association (AGA) today united to call for a global approach to tackling the unregulated, unsafe and un-taxed illegal online gambling market.
The two organisations also committed themselves to forming an international alliance on the issue, in which both parties will collaborate to raise awareness of the risks of illicit gambling websites, and work on measures to prevent their spread.
It is estimated that US and Australian residents currently spend $4 billion and $1.2 billion respectively each year on illegal overseas gambling websites.
Not only do these illegal websites deprive both Australian and US Governments of tax revenue and employment, their operation greatly increases the risks of money laundering and terrorism financing.
Clubs Australia Executive Director Anthony Ball said that it was well past time to take the threat of these illegal gambling operations seriously.
“The proliferation of illegal online gambling is a scourge that needs to be tackled by governments world-wide, in association with legal and regulated gaming operators,” he said.
“Put simply, these sites are unethical and unsafe. There are no age verification checks, no harm-minimisation measures, and the revenue they generate goes to offshore tax havens – not back to the community.”
AGA Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Sara Rayme said that there is a clear difference between the illegal operators and the licensed, regulated industry.
“Our partnership with Clubs Australia will help to shine a spotlight on shady outfits that don’t create jobs, contribute vital tax revenue, protect players or serve as strong community partners.”
As part of the international partnership, both organisations will work together to provide details of these illegal operations to governments in order for these illicit sites to be shut down. They will also call on their respective governments to ramp up efforts to target these companies.
Clubs Australia will also call for moves to ensure that Australian financial institutions that facilitate transactions with illegal operators put a stop to the practice.
The partnership between AGA and Clubs Australia also forms part of the AGA’s “Stop Illegal Gambling – Play it Safe” initiative, which focuses on four key areas of illegal gambling: illegal sports betting; black market machines; Internet sweepstakes cafes; and illegal online betting.