The chair of Western Australia’s Gaming and Wagering Commission (GWC) has told an inquiry he had no experience in casino regulation.
Australia.- The Royal Commission examining the suitability of Crown Resorts to continue holding a casino gaming licence for Crown Perth has begun its hearing.
The inquiry also to analyse how the GWC carried out its duties in relation to Crown’s casino.
The first witness was Gaming and Wagering Commission (GWC) chair Duncan Ord, who admitted he had no formal training in casino regulation before assuming the role.
Ord also made mention of Michael Connolly, Western Australia’s former chief casino officer, who stepped down after revelations about his social relationship with Crown staff.
According to Ord, Connolly had previously notified the gambling regulator that he had personal friendships with Crown Perth staff but it was only decided that he should step aside when the matter received media attention.
Ord also stated he did not seek any advice from any other members of the commission about the decision and said: “I believe that it was appropriate to accept that, and in doing so, we were wanting to show we were ensuring the integrity of the Gaming and Wagering Commission.”
The state’s Royal Commission is being led by Neville Owen, who is joined by Supreme Court judge Lindy Jenkins and former auditor-general Colin Murphy.
An internal report is expected to be delivered by June 30 and a final report by November 14.