The government of Western Australia has announced a royal commission into Crown Resorts’ suitability to hold a gaming licence in Perth.
Australia.- The Western Australian government has finally announced a royal commission to examine the suitability of Crown Resorts to continue holding a casino gaming licence for Crown Perth.
The commission is expected to deliver an interim report by June 30 and a final report with findings and recommendations by November 14.
The announcement comes after the Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia (GWC) asked for an independent inquiry to be held into Crown Resorts following last month’s Bergin inquiry into the embattled casino operator.
The royal commission will be run by three commissioners: former WA Supreme Court judges Lindy Jenkins and Neville Owen, and former WA auditor-general Colin Murphy.
Racing and gaming minister Paul Papalia said: “The Commission will also closely examine the state’s current regulatory framework, the functions of the Gaming and Wagering Commission and provide recommendations for enhancing future regulatory capabilities and effectiveness.”
Helen Coonan, Crown’s executive chairman, said in a statement: “[The WA Royal Commission] will provide an opportunity for Crown to detail the reforms and changes to our business to deliver the highest standards of governance and compliance, and an organisational culture that meets community expectations.”
Crown Resorts casino licences under review
Last month, former Supreme Court judge Patricia Bergin found Crown unsuitable to hold its licence for its new Sydney casino.
The casino operator has since begun to make changes in a bid to gain the green light to open the Barangaroo venue by May.
Six directors, including former CEO and managing director Ken Barton, have stepped down from Crown Resorts’ board folowing the inquiry conducted in New South Wales.
Western Australia’s Gaming and Wagering Commission has prohibited Crown Perth from conducting any junket, premium or privileged player activity.