Hon Ken Wyatt MP, Federal Member for Hasluck has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s initiative to support local businesses in Hasluck by introducing a ban betting on lotteries.
“The Government has formed the view that permitting betting on these services, also known as ‘synthetic’ lotteries in Australia, undermines the long-standing community acceptance of official lottery and keno products.” Mr Wyatt said.
These products enjoy community support as they generate an income stream for local small businesses and make a significant contribution to the provision of local services and infrastructure by state and territory governments.
“Certainly the sale of lottery tickets in Western Australia provides an important revenue stream for the WA Government to support local community organisations,” said Mr Wyatt.
Traditional lotteries and keno games are popular and long-standing recreational gambling products that form an important income stream for thousands of small businesses across Australia, including newsagents, pharmacies, pubs and community clubs.
“I am proud of the strong action the Government is taking to support local small businesses in my electorate of Hasluck. It is also important that lottery and keno products benefit the national community and this new legislation will ensure that continues to be the case,” Mr Wyatt said.
“Online services offering products that involve betting on lottery outcomes are relatively new and have generated considerable community concern. Since these concerns were first raised last year, my Parliamentary colleagues and I have listened carefully to a range of groups that have views on the undesirability of permitting betting on these products.”
“Many Western Australians enjoy lotteries as a recreational activity and the Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring that online gambling takes place under a robust legislative framework, with strong consumer protections and within the boundaries of community standards,” said Mr Wyatt.
The legislation will commence operation six months after passage through the Parliament to ensure that those businesses currently offering online betting on lotteries and keno have an appropriate transition period within which to cease their activity.