The gambling laws in Australia have been under speculation for quite some times now. It is not illegal to gambling online, although many argue that this may need to be rectified due to increased gambling habits. This article that I read at: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2012/s3410110.htm disects the online ganbling issues in Australia.
In a recent survey administered by Southern Cross University’s Centre for Gambling Education and Research they have found that out of 6,500 online gamblers, half started playing in the past six years. A lead researcher in the study, Sally Gainsbury, says that Australians are taking up online gambling much faster than any other form of gambling. Australians are spending around $600 million on gambling annually.
Because internet gambling is so easily accessible it has been targeted as the cause for increased gambling, as well as increased problem gambling. In fact, half of the internet problem gamblers interviewed said that their sleep is being disrupted, one third reported disrupted eating.
The government has been pressured by many researchers to implement certain guidelines and regulations to keep online gambling under control. One idea that has been thrown out there is the usage of pop-up messages that alert the gambler. So when you are playing at an online blackjack site or onlinebingoformoney.com, a message will pop up that will tell you how long you have been playing, and how much you have spent.
Although online gambling makes it easier for a gambler to place bets, and possibly goes overboard, it is also easier to track this play and analyse it. Tracking gambling, and monitoring it at a brick and mortar casino, is virtually impossible.