iGaming Business – Australian gaming company Tabcorp has entered into discussions with the national federal government in an effort to ban unlicensed offshore bookmakers from taking bets from residents in the country.

According to the Australian newspaper, Tabcorp will base the discussions around the impact it believes such operators can have on the integrity of sporting and racing events, consumer protection and the leakage of industry fees and revenue.

Speaking about the issues, Tabcorp chairman Paula Dwyer said that about 14% of betting by Australians is with unlicensed operators and called for the country to follow the likes of France and the UK in taking steps to combat such companies.

Dwyer also highlighted industry and tax payments that should be invested in communities and social infrastructure are instead going to these operators.

“Tabcorp’s view that a similarly powerful response is needed in Australia and we are in active dialogue with the federal government on the issue,” Dwyer said.