An article in today's Sydney Morning Herald raises grave concerns for Aussie poker players. It seems that independent SA senator Nick Xenophon would like to see online casinos added to the mandatory blacklist under the proposed net filtering system. This is no great surprise, since Xenophon rose to prominence on the back of a "no pokies" campaign in SA. He may see internet gambling as the next landmark in his crusade.
The concern for poker players is that Xenophon may get his way on internet filtering as some sort of deal in exchange for his vote on other issues (the Government requires Xenophon, Family First senator Steve Fielding plus the Greens to pass any legislation in the Senate). The government seems to be remarkably keen to pursue an internet censorship regime fit to rival Iran and China. Actually, it should worry all internet users, not just poker players.
It may be necessary to take action on this issue.