WA gambling regulator seeking independent inquiry into Crown Perth

Friday April 2, 2021 |

The WA gambling regulator is calling on the state government to set up an independent inquiry into Crown’s suitability to hold a casino licence in Perth.

The Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia formally recommended an independent inquiry with the powers of a Royal Commission, after a meeting to consider the report of the Bergin Inquiry.

The WA gambling regulator is calling on the state government to set up an independent inquiry into Crown’s suitability to hold a casino licence in Perth. (Joe Armao)

The GWC commended the work of Patricia Bergin SC and her team on “what was an extensive and thorough investigation into the appropriateness of Crown attaining a restricted gaming licence in NSW” as well as “the ongoing governance of Crown Casinos across two jurisdictions”.

“The GWC acknowledges the seriousness of the findings and has been working cooperatively with the Bergin Inquiry since it came to light,” it said in a statement.

Crown Resorts was officially told by the NSW regulator it is no longer a suitable person to hold a gaming licence for its $2.2 billion Barangaroo casino.

In a notice to shareholders, Crown said it had received a letter from the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) informing the business officially of the proceedings underway.

The findings come a week after the damning Bergin report, which concluded an intensive 18-month investigation on Crown’s casino dealings with an 800-page document that recommended “root and branch” changes.