After more than two years of debate, the Austrian National Assembly approved new gaming legislation Wednesday, despite strong criticism by some lawmakers of its failure to adequately address the issue of player protection or to regulate online gaming.

National Assembly member Peter Pilz of the Green Party, the only party to vote against the legislation, said the new gaming law only serves the interests of gambling operators and fails to provide adequate player protection. The legislation was also criticised by the Freedom Party of Austria for failing to regulate online gambling.

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