Sumary of Third chief in five months: WA casino regulator in flux as royal commission set to resume:
- There is instability in the ranks of those charged with keeping an eye on Perth’s only casino, just months after the Perth Casino Royal Commission was told of an under-skilled and under-resourced regulator which was not equipped to deal with criminal activity like money-laundering.
- Mark Beecroft giving evidence to the Perth Casino Royal Commission.
- (Supplied)Adding to the uncertainty, the WA government is yet to release the interim report of the royal commission, which provides recommendations on how it could improve the regulation of the casino, including managing risks like problem gambling and criminal infiltration.
- Staff changes as royal commission resumes Amid this environment, the Perth Casino Royal Commission resumes next week, focusing on whether Crown Perth is suitable to hold the licence for WA’s only casino.
- The royal commission has called Perth business heavy-hitters including Future Fund board member John Poynton and Seven West Media’s chief executive Maryna Fewster to give evidence from Wednesday.
- Earlier this week, the Victorian royal commission into Crown Melbourne was told by its lead lawyer that the company was not fit for a casino licence.
- Both royal commissions were launched in response to the revelations of the Bergin inquiry, which found hundreds of millions of dollars were allegedly laundered by international crime groups at Crown’s Perth and Melbourne casinos.
- It also found that Crown was unfit to hold a casino licence in New South Wales.