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Australia Crown faces fight to keep casino licence

20:07  09 february  2021
20:07  09 february  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

Security guard at trendy Melbourne bar accused of racism

  Security guard at trendy Melbourne bar accused of racism Footage of the incident at Crown Casino's Petanque Social on Saturday showed the guard demanding three types of ID before asking him to leave. The man's friends claimed he complied with the instructions by showing various pieces of ID from his wallet, but was kicked out anyway.

Crown Resorts will attempt to convince the NSW gaming regulator it can reform despite a former judge concluding it is not fit to run a casino, while also facing calls for more scrutiny in Victoria.

a tall building: A NSW report has found Crown Resorts enabled money laundering and is not suitable to run a casino. © Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS A NSW report has found Crown Resorts enabled money laundering and is not suitable to run a casino.

Crown facilitated money laundering through subsidiaries' bank accounts then failed to act when it was drawn to their attention in public media reporting, the report found.

Commissioner Patricia Bergin, a former judge of the NSW Supreme Court, told the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority that alone rendered Crown unfit to hold the licence for its $2.2 billion casino in Sydney's Barangaroo.

‘Unedifying performance': Three Crown directors including Andrew Demetriou facing pressure to resign

  ‘Unedifying performance': Three Crown directors including Andrew Demetriou facing pressure to resign At least three members of the Crown board are under pressure to resign, including the group's managing director Andrew Demetriou.Former Supreme Court judge Patricia Bergin handed down a landmark report into the casino company that put Crown's flagship Barangaroo project in Sydney at risk by finding the company was not suitable to hold a NSW casino licence.

It also put its staff in China in danger of being detained and dealt with junket operators it was told were involved in organised crime, Ms Bergin concluded.

The ILGA will now consider the report, which it received on February 1 and which was published on Tuesday.

Chair of the authority Philip Crawford will front media about the Bergin inquiry on Wednesday morning.

Ms Bergin left it to IGLA to decide whether it should cancel, suspend or impose conditions on the licence.

But she suggested sweeping cultural change was needed, as well as specific measures like the removal of certain board directors, a thorough audit of Crown accounts for money laundering, and measures to stop the sharing of confidential information with James Packer.

Victorian Government under pressure over Crown Casino after NSW inquiry

  Victorian Government under pressure over Crown Casino after NSW inquiry The Victorian Government is under serious pressure over its regulation of Crown Casino after a NSW inquiry deemed the company was not suitable to hold a licence. The damning findings have raised questions about the efficacy of the Victorian gambling regulator, with much of the evidence against Crown based on events and behaviour associated with the Melbourne casino.The Andrews Government has already brought forward the five-yearly review of Crown's license in Melbourne to 2021, but that will still be carried out by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).

Crown has vowed to work with ILGA in relation to the report's findings and recommendations.

Crown also runs casinos in Victoria and Western Australia, and there are now calls for those jurisdictions to respond to the damning findings.

Independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie says Ms Bergin's finding mean Crown is unfit to operate any casino in Australia.

He is calling upon the Victorian and WA premiers to suspend Crown's casino licences and establish their own commissions of inquiry.

The Victorian Greens want Premier Daniel Andrews to take Crown's licence away for good ahead of a review later this year.

"Victoria shouldn't need another review to tell us what we've known all along. Crown should be stripped of its Victorian licence immediately," Victorian Greens Leader Samantha Ratman said.

Crown Casino Perth inquiry recommended by WA regulator after scathing NSW report .
WA's Gaming and Wagering Commission recommends an independent inquiry be established into Crown's suitability to hold the state's only casino license following last week's scathing report in New South Wales.The recommendation has been made after an urgent meeting of the Gaming and Wagering Commission (GWC), with WA Police Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch among those present at the meeting.

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