Mr Demetriou shocked the inquiry final yr when he was caught having a folder of firm paperwork, emails and prompts, together with handwritten definitions of excellent company tradition, with him within the witness field whereas giving proof. Mr Demetriou denied counting on the notes for his proof.
The report was scathing about Mr Demetriou’s proof describing it as “a fairly weird efficiency”
“This was a most unedifying efficiency by Mr Demetriou,” Justice Bergin says.
“Sadly it displays very badly on his judgment initially to take notes into the witness field (albeit in a digital setting); then to learn from them; however extra importantly to disclaim that he was studying from them.
“It’s obscure what may moderately be fabricated from this fairly weird efficiency. Sadly the steadiness of Mr Demetriou’s proof is affected by it. The Authority (ILGA) can be justified in missing confidence in putting reliance upon Mr Demetriou sooner or later.” The report didn’t make any findings with regard to Mr Demetriou’s function at collapsed vocational schooling supplier Purchase Studying.
Mr Demetriou declined to remark when contacted by The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald following the discharge of the report
Mr Barton, Crown’s chief government, was additionally strongly criticised within the report.
“Mr Barton has demonstrated that he’s no match for what is required on the helm of a on line casino licensee or an in depth affiliate of the licensee. His issues won’t be cured by the appointment of individuals professional within the discipline who report back to him.”
The report discovered Mr Johnson exacerbated the company governance failures at Crown as a result of his twin loyalties to James Packer’s non-public firm Consolidated Press Holdings and Crown. She additionally described Mr Johnston’s efficiency within the witness field as “pugnacious”.
Commissioner Bergin additionally steered it may be time for very long time Crown director, famed adman Harold Mitchell to additionally step off the board, after he was discovered by the Federal Courtroom following an investigation by the coporate watchdog to have breached his director duties whereas a director of Tennis Australia.
She additionally famous that the Federal Courtroom discovered Mr Mitchell was at all times meaning to act in the most effective pursuits of Tennis Australia and triggered no hurt to the organisation.
“It’s not recognized on the time of submission of the Report whether or not any appellate steps have been taken in respect of the declarations and penalty.”
“If not, it’s presumed that Mr Mitchell will additional replicate on the necessity to refresh the Crown Board and take steps to expedite that course of.” Mr Mitchell has not appealed the ruling. He declined to remark till he had learn the Bergin Report in full.
Sarah Danckert is a enterprise reporter who specialises in investigations and company wrongdoing. She is a two-time Walkley Award winner, and has gained 4 Quill Awards and two Kennedy Awards.
Enterprise reporter at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.