Victoria Calls for Royal Commission into Melbourne Crown Casino

Beleaguered gaming group Crown Resorts will be tested again by a new royal commission which will look into its Melbourne casino. The inquiry follows the royal commission in New South Wales (NSW) that reported Crown not suitable to hold a casino license due to financial crimes. The NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) uncovered “incredibly concerning” management issues between Chairman James Packer and the executive team, as well as money-laundering issues. It follows a joint investigation by media outlet Nine, alleging that Crown turned a blind eye to money-laundering at Crown’s Melbourne and Perth properties, as well as the exploitation of Australia’s visa system to fast-track visas for Chinese high-rollers. “The reports from New South Wales’ ILGA Inquiry were incredibly concerning, which is why we’re establishing a Royal Commission to get the answers we need about Crown Melbourne,” Victoria’s Gaming Minister Melissa Horne said. Former Federal Court Judge Raymond Finkelstein …

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