Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says it is an anomaly that punters can place bets by telephone but not by computer, while Australians continued to use overseas gambling sites.
'These sites are not always legitimate'.
"This is a whole new frontier of gambling that the government is proposing to open," the Opposition Leader said.
All I can say about this matter is surely it is better to provide gambling sites in Australia that can be policed than allow gamblers to put themselves at risk by using sites that are not-policed sites outside Australia.
We know that people gamble, surely we should try to safe guard them in some way, because they will continue to gamble.
Like prostitution, the oldest profession, it did not go away when it was illegal, now it is legal, safer and controlled.
The attitude of Tony Abbott and Nick Xenophon is head in the sand stuff, if we don't agree with it, it will go away, no guys it will not go away!