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Betfair High Court Appeal In "NSW Race Fields" Case
Betting exchange Betfair confirmed it has joined corporate bookmaker Sportsbet in seeking leave to appeal to the High Court Of Australia over last month's Federal Court ruling in the NSW Race Fields Legislation case. Betfair's announcement asserted "the 1.5% turnover fee imposed by the racing bodies is in contravention of section 92 of the Australian Constitution, as the burden placed on the inter-state operator (Betfair) compared to the burden placed on the intra-state operator (TAB Limited) is discriminatory & protectionist in nature". The High Court is expected to rule on leave to appeal in February.