Victoria launches Royal Commission into Crown Resorts to test whether the gambling giant deserves to hold onto its casino licence
- Royal commission launched into Crown Resorts’ Melbourne casino operations
- Comes after an explosive report found Crown facilitated money laundering
- Govt says it is about ensuring casino licence holders ‘upload probity standards’
The Victorian government will launch a royal commission into Crown Resorts, to test the suitability of gambling giant to hold its Melbourne casino licence.
‘This is about making sure that those who hold a casino licence in Victoria uphold the highest standards of probity and integrity – and that they’re accountable for their actions,’ Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement.
The announcement of the royal commission follows the release of the Bergin report in NSW earlier this month, which found Crown facilitated money laundering through subsidiaries’ bank accounts and failed to act when it was drawn to their attention.
The Victorian government has called a Royal Commission into Crown Resorts’ Melbourne casino operations
The announcement of the royal commission follows the release of the Bergin report in NSW earlier this month. Pictured, Crown Resorts key shareholder James Packer with Andrew Demetriou, who resigned as Crown Resorts director following the release of the report
Victorian Gaming Minister Melissa Horne said the state government had gone through the 800-page report line by line and decided a royal commission was needed.
‘The findings in there were so severe that the most appropriate action to protect Victorian interests was the establishment of a royal commission,’ she told reporters on Monday.
‘The Royal Commission will establish the facts and the Government and the VCGLR will take any necessary action at the conclusion of the investigation. We will not tolerate illegal behaviour in our gaming industry.’
Former Federal Court judge Raymond Finkelstein will take on the role of royal commissioner overseeing the inquiry.
He is expected to report back as early as August and no later than the end of the year.
It is estimated to cost Victorian taxpayers $5 to $7 million.
More to come.
The Bergin report in NSW found Crown Resorts was not suitable to hold a casino licence at its Barangaroo development. Pictured, Crown Sydney