Credit card ban – online gambling services

On 25 August 2020, the Interactive Gambling Amendment (Prohibition on Credit Card Use) Bill 2020 (Cth) (Bill) was introduced in the Commonwealth Senate.  The Bill’s aim if passed is to amend the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth) (Act) to prohibit the use of credit cards to bet with certain gambling services.  The Bill’s day of Assent was to be six (6) months after its commencement, however, on 18 March 2021, the Senate referred it to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee (Committee) for inquiry and report.  This report is due 8 October 2021 and will provide recommendations to the form of the Bill that is to be made law.  This article outlines the current Australian law on gambling and discusses the changes that are to be made by the Bill. [Read more…]

Franchising Code changes in force

In November 2020, the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (Government) released its Exposure Draft proposing amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code).  The proposed amendments sought to implement the commitments the Government made in August 2020 in response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee’s March 2019 Fairness in Franchising Report which identified a range of regulatory matters to be addressed in the franchising sector.  Since the Exposure Draft’s release, multiple changes have come into force under the Code.  This article outlines these changes. [Read more…]

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