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Betfair vs. Racing New South Wales


11-16-2009

On Wednesday of this week, the Australian subdivision of online gambling giant Betfair will be in the court again, this time to battle against a 1.5 % tax on its income addressed by Racing New South Wales.

The leader of Betfair’s operations Downunder, Andrew Twaits, is anticipated to bring forth the proof to the court that the NSW racing authority is conspiring with Betfair’s local competitor Tabcorp so as to kick his company out of the state.
Betfair started the proceedings in opposition to Racing New South Wales after the burden of the 1.5 % tax on income, describing the action by the racing authority as anti-competitive and prejudiced between diverse businesses.

According to the Australian newspaper The Age, another corporate bookmaker, Sportsbet, is protesting the constitutionality of the legislation that was utilized to bring in the tax
Betfair and other low-yielding group bookmakers say the tax should be estimated according to the total income, as it is in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, since the NSW model deeply supports the incumbent TAB operator, Tabcorp.


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