Let me start by saying NZ is a sensational country to visit, live and or whatever. well worth going there if you can. you wont regret it.
Anyone got some updated info? That articles from May.
At the moment the online gambling issue is in a senate committee for discussion amoung various gambling initiatives.
these include: 1. restricting in event advertising for legalised sportbook and horse racing.
2. restricting the number of sports betting options that people have (like half time betting)
3. pre-commitment for pokies
4. online gambling penalties.
At the moment Stars provides services into Aus, but arguably, it is against our laws here in Aus. I am not a lawyer so maybe there is an argument about where the game is provided here or on the servers somewhere else.
To date the government really just didnt do anything and the Aus Federal police (similar to the FBI I guess) didnt really know who to charge with crimes.
The US action opened the door to intellegence. So maybe we will see some action sooner or later, but todate there seems to be no sign of any of the poker sites not servicing Aus other than those that previously didnt service us.
The senate inquiry took submission up until 30 June, they will take about a month maybe more to put recommendations to the government/senate on current legislation changes that have been put to them. none seem to impact poker too much. other than the payment legislation around credit cards, which may force the sites to wait until the money is in their account before allowing people to play.
I think the submissions have a reasonable number of people calling for legalised regulated online gaming and gambling system.
we will see what they do in the not to distant future, but i doubt it will change in the next few months.
however if it does, a $1000 bucks gets you to Thailand or Hong Kong, a few hundred to NZ if you get down here and then find it goes to ****e. Not saying you should walk away from rental agreements etc, but..... its probably sortable for someone already likely to head home in a year anyway.