Prime Minister of Australia Voices 'Repulsion' For Internet Gambling

Published Friday, July 09, 2010 -

Julia Gillard, the newly installed Prime Minister in Australia has a new agenda for the gambling public in that country. Coming from somewhere like the Dark Ages this politician is bent on protecting Australian citizens from themselves with her comment on ABC’s Darwin Radio recently. The Welsh-born 48 year old Gillard was elected as party leader unopposed by Labor party members after Kevin Rudd, who won office in 2007, withdrew from the ballot and resigned.
In an interview on ABC’s Darwin Radio, she stated, "Clearly you can’t walk into a cinema in Australia and see certain things, uh and you know, we shouldn’t on the Internet be able to access those things either." Gillard’s intentions are clear, she will pursue the censorship direction that many have called draconian and repressive. Gillard added,
"It’s not my uh intention that we in any way we jeopardize legitimate use of the Internet, but I think all of us would share a repulsion for some of the things that can be accessed on the Internet." 
This reasoning is a vast set back for internet gamblers in Australia who where hopeful after the report came out by the Australian Productivity Commission suggesting regulation and licensing of online gambling be the most progressive way to move forward on the issue.
Gillard is showing her ‘repulsion’ towards online gambling in Australia and has rejected outright the Commissions recommendations. This direction is suggesting that the current government is anti gambling and will impose internet filters affecting gambling and other undesired content.  Apparently there are discussions being held with ISP companies as to how the government will implement net filters to censor various topics, including restrictions on online gambling. Internet patrons in Australia are not happy with Gillard's attitude and when push comes to shove it's a sure bet Australian's will not let their freedom of choice on the internet be controlled by Julia Gillard.






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