Premier Daniel Andrews confirms inquiry might finish on line casino licence

Mr Andrews stated the royal fee implies that authorized points that would come up are handled by Commissioner Ray Finklestein QC.

“You’re not going to have me standing right here apologising for having the best and most formal authorized course of in place to find out whether or not that enterprise ought to have that licence,” Mr Andrews stated.

“It’s extra than simply the gaming ground. It’s a complete precinct. That’s the greatest single strong employer within the state, nevertheless it must be run to the best of requirements, and never simply via what’s been discovered, however what’s been admitted,” he stated.

“Let’s have this course of, let’s resolve all of these points.”

The transfer adopted months of damning proof to a NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) inquiry, which dominated this month that Crown was unfit to carry a on line casino licence at its newly constructed Barangaroo complicated in Sydney.

It additionally got here after the Western Australian government announced its personal probe into the allegations.

Mr Andrews stated he didn’t remorse that it had taken the federal government two years to name the inquiry since an investigation by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes revealed critical allegations of wrongdoing at Crown.

“I’m not somebody who appears backwards. I’ve simply made an necessary resolution and we’re going to get the best consequence right here,” he stated.

Mr Andrews didn’t attend Monday afternoon’s press convention to announce the inquiry, leaving Gaming Minister Melissa Horne to reply questions.

On Tuesday, Mr Andrews stated that was acceptable.

“She’s the gaming minister and it’s a matter of gaming and she or he’s completely able to making the announcement. I’m standing right here now. You already know, are we actually going to get into this?” he stated.


Shortly after the federal government introduced the royal fee, Crown knowledgeable the sharemarket that long-serving director Harold Mitchell would step down from the corporate’s board – the fifth director together with the CEO to be pressured out prior to now fortnight.

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