Austria Enjoys Monopolistic Gambling

The Government of Austria has established a monopoly in the gambling industry, instead of completely banning it. Along with public order and socio-political objectives, regulation and control was also pleaded as a justification for the State’s monopoly. The monopoly was alleged to be only theoretically adequate for achieving the aim of protection of consumers and social order. The Glücksspielgesetz (GSpG) is the Australian Federal gambling law. This article explains Austria’s justification of its monopoly in gambling, how is gambling regulated in Austria, and what are the gambling activities taxed under the Austria’s law.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the justifications for State’s gaming monopoly in Austria?
How is gambling regulated in Austria?
How are the different types of gambling activity taxed in Austria?

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