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SVdP attacks Govt backdown on online gambling ban

The St Vincent de Paul Society has criticised a Federal Government backdown from a blanket interim ban on online gambling.

The Catholic Leader reports that the Society's national research and advocacy officer, John Falnon of Sydney, said online gambling is "a way of preying on the poor". He added that the St Vincent de Paul Society regrets that Government's backdown.

The Interactive Gaming Act, passed on 28 June, bans Australian Internet casino operators from accepting Australian customers. But Australians can still bet without restriction with overseas-based online casinos.

Mr Falnon said the Society had no indication of online gambling's contribution to total gambling losses. "But we know from experience," he told the Leader, "that wherever you have economic disadvantage, people will seek solace from it."

Catholic Leader