Originally Posted by OzExorcist
Stars definitely allowed you to play for real money through a mobile app - never used it myself, but I've got friends that have used it here in Australia.
FWIW I don't think any comments Sheldon Adelson may or may not have made have anything to do with this though. There's a huge anti-gambling push going on in Australia at the moment, mostly driven around the issue of sports betting (which is 100% legal here, but a few companies have been pushing the boundaries with respect to how they advertise their services).
Richard Di Natale is a senator for the Greens party, who have a particular bug in their butts about gambling on the whole and he's right, the law that in theory bans online poker in Australia has been on the books since 2001 - we've just rarely bothered to enforce it. And there's a federal election here later in the year so everybody's trying to posture up and make themselves look big and important.
I think I worded the title incorrectly, sorry. I was in a hurry at the time; they just quoted him as they would any big name that helps their cause and agrees as they do (was what I meant, that makes too long a title though), I do not know how to change it now. I am still new at this.
So the issue was already there in full swing. I fully expect in the end (long from now) it will come down to what it always has; money. Once the money from taxes on OLP is rolling in other places, suddenly morally upright and uptight leaders have an "epiphany" and change their minds. Especially when other politicians (like in America) get money from poker industry lobbyists and campaign contributions from poker players. Then they wonder if they can to, while increasing the tax base. Here they already allow all of the states lottery's (about as fine an example of gambling you can ever find) an exemption from gambling as the "benefit to our schools outweigh the moral objection" (barf).
I know that when black friday hit America, more than one person pointed out the stupidity of eradicating a billion dollar industry instead of taxing and properly regulating it. Especially when the Gov. needs $$ to keep all the social programs that are ever expanding going.
BTW, we stopped in Australia when I was in the Navy, while on a "west pac" trip; it was easily my favorite stop of all. Had a helluva time "parking" the ship though, lol (we picked an oddball place to berth), but I am so glad we did.