Western Australia’s Royal Commission into Crown Perth will share its findings with the government at the beginning of March.
Australia.- Crown Resorts will finally know if it is found suitable is to hold a casino licence for its Perth venue. The Western Australia Royal Commission is due to present its findings to prime minister Mark McGowan and premier Kim Beazley in early March.
Although McGowan and the state government will have the final decision on the fate of Crown Perth, the final report of the Royal Commission will include a review of the Perth casino, its management and the state’s gambling regulatory body.
The WA Royal Commission will decide if Crown Resorts is suitable to continue holding a casino gaming licence for Crown Perth and also deliver findings on Western Australia’s regulatory framework for the gambling industry.
It heard that that Western Australia’s Gaming and Wagering Commission (GWC) didn’t investigate allegations of money laundering against Crown because the company’s former legal boss considered them to be “a media beat-up”.
Crown Resorts has also faced a Royal Commission in Victoria. In that case, it was found unsuitable to hold a licence for its Crown Melbourne casino. However, the operator was allowed to keep its licence under stricter conditions.
New South Wales, meanwhile, found Crown Sydney unsuitable to hold its casino licence for the venue and it only received a provisional liquor licence to operate its gastronomy offer at the new venue.