/ 23 February 2021

Victoria announces Royal Commission into Crown

More eyes will be on Crown Resorts with the Victorian Government launching a Royal Commission to test its suitability to run its long-established Melbourne casino. The decision follows findings from the NSW gaming regulator’s inquiry earlier this month that found the gaming operator was unsuitable to hold a casino license for its yet-to-be-opened Barangaroo development. It also follows the Western Australian Government’s announcement of an inquiry of its own. Crown has been accused of overseeing a poor culture after fresh claims of money laundering at its Melbourne and Perth casinos were aired in 2019. Since the NSW report was released on 9 February, 4 directors have resigned, including media buyer Harold Mitchell yesterday. The Royal Commission is due to report by 1 August this year.

For the backstory to this big news story, check out our #SquizShortcut on Crown’s woes.

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