The Senate Economic Legislation Committee for Australia has dismissed a crypto bill led by a Liberal Party politician, stressing the need for further refinement.
“The committee recommends that the Australian Government continue to consult with industry on the development of fit-for-purpose digital assets regulation in Australia,” the statement noted.
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The committee has chosen not to approve Senator Andrew Bragg’s proposed bill, titled “The Digital Assets (Market Regulation) Bill 2023.”
Despite various industry participants urgently presenting their points, the committee does not deem it ready for approval. “The committee recommends that the bill not be passed,” it notes.
The committee declared that the government’s decision is “hurting Australian consumers and investment.” They further explained that the government rejecting the bill, has just denied Australia a clear set of crypto rules. “Australians will pay the price,” the committee declared.
The bill addresses both straightforward and slightly more complex matters. “The Bill also includes clear definitions of ‘digital assets’, ‘digital asset exchanges’ and ‘stablecoins’, to provide regulatory clarity and certainty,” it notes.
However, its primary aim is to benefit investors of all types.
“The Bill is designed to do what this Government is refusing to do: provide protection for consumers and certainty for investors.”
Lawyer and industry participant Joni Pirovich asserted that the delay in implementing regulations is impeding the Australian economy.
“I perhaps will be a little bit more brutal. Apart from traditional finance and these opportunities around CBDC and stablecoins, there has been a mass exodus of talent and capital from Australia since around mid-2022.”
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