Vic on line casino may have personal regulator: Andrews


The fallout from a scathing NSW report into gaming giant Crown has spread to Victoria, with suggestions Melbourne’s casino may need its own separate regulator.

The report by independent Commissioner Patricia Bergin, published on Tuesday, found Crown facilitated money laundering through subsidiaries’ bank accounts and failed to act when it was drawn to their attention.

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

Premier Daniel Andrews said the report would be thoroughly examined, but it was too early to say whether Crown should keep its Victorian gaming licence.

“We do have to just take the time to read the thing and understand it,” he said.

But the premier suggested Melbourne’s casino may need a separate authority to keep an eye on it.

“Casino regulation may need its own bespoke authority … that may be something that we need to do,” Mr Andrews said.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that the only people who hold a casino license in Victoria are people of the highest quality and calibre.”

But he rejected suggestions the Victorian gaming regulator had failed to do its job.

The Victorian government has already decided to bring forward a five-year review of the company’s gaming licence, after admissions were made during the NSW inquiry hearings late last year.

Independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie has called upon the Victorian and WA premiers to suspend Crown’s casino licence and establish their own commissions of inquiry.