Australian Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg has launched a brand new draft bill aimed at clamping down on digital asset exchanges, stablecoins, and China’s central financial institution digital foreign money, the e-Yuan.
In an announcement on Sept. 18, Senator Bragg acknowledged that “Australia must keep pace with the global race for regulation on digital assets” as “it is essential that the parliament drives law reform” on the matter.
The new draft bill, titled Digital Assets (Market Regulation) Bill 2022, requires the introduction of licenses for digital asset exchanges, digital asset custody providers, stablecoin issuers, in addition to disclosure necessities for facilitators of the e-Yuan in Australia.
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— Senator Andrew Bragg (@ajamesbragg) September 18, 2022
Speaking to Cointelegraph, Senator Bragg stated Australia has “quite a risk exposure, as an economy, and that’s one of the reasons why we need to have a serious program for managing disruption, managing risks, that emanate from the development of a CBDC.”
Senator Bragg stated the target of this explicit act is to offer “an effective regulatory framework” in addition to to offer “for the reporting of information by certain banks that facilitate the use or availability of digital Yuan in Australia” and to provide “additional duties” for governing bodies in relation to this act and the “regulation of activities relating to digital assets and digital Yuan.”
Senator Bragg said that this isn’t “an accusatory position to take” it’s simply just being “prepared and gathering information” which he thinks is entirely “reasonable.”
The Liberal senator also added that Australia wouldn’t benefit from having a CBDC as “privacy issues cannot be managed,” however it is important that the Australian government “put something on the table” to manage other CBDCs being introduced, as the Governor of The Reserve Bank of Australia has “spoken before saying there needs to be regulation on stablecoins.”
The draft bill consultation is open until Oct. 31, 2022 and welcomes “community feedback.”
Andrew Bragg, a pro-crypto Australian politician, has been an outspoken advocate for cryptocurrency since he was elected senator in 2019. Senator Bragg has been pushing for a clear regulatory framework for digital assets and crypto companies since 2021, in an effort to prevent local startups from moving overseas.
Senator Bragg noted that he “chaired the committee” for digital assets with “no fixed view at the time” and “conducted an inquiry into these matters” as well as informing himself “about the risks and opportunities.”
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Meanwhile, the Australian Labor government is said to be working on “crypto asset reforms” to “improve the way Australia’s regulatory system manages crypto assets.”
Last month, the treasury acknowledged it’ll “prioritize token mapping work in 2022, which can assist establish how crypto belongings and associated providers needs to be regulated.”