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Bill to ban lottery betting services reaches Upper House

Australia has moved one step closer to a complete ban on lottery betting, despite protests from lottery betting operators in the country.

On Thursday, Australia’s House of Representatives passed a bill (which amends the Interactive Gambling Act 2001,) which will see the practice become illegal in the country.

It is understood that both the Federal Government and Labor Opposition voted in favor of the ban, according to a report from Sydney based law firm, Addisons Lawyers.

The Bill has been passed onto the Upper House of Parliament, and has the potential to be passed by the end of the week.

Should the Bill be passed so soon, any corporations found to be providing lottery betting services after the prohibition date (estimated at November 2018) will attract penalty exceeding A$7.8 million (US$5.8 million) per day per offence.

The estimated prohibition date will depend on when and if the Bill passes Upper Parliament.

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