Crown ‘unsuitable’ to hold WA gaming licence

Crown Casino in Burswood, WA
The report into Burswood’s Crown Casino runs to nearly one thousand pages. Photo: Samuel Wiki, Creative Commons.

The Perth Casino Royal Commission has found Crown Casino is ‘unsuitable’ to hold a gaming licence in Western Australia.

WA Racing and Gaming Minister Tony Buti today tabled the report in parliament after the commission delivered its final findings earlier this month.

“The Royal Commission found that the Crown entities are presently not suitable to continue to hold a gaming licence for the Perth casino or to be concerned in or associated with the organisations and conduct of a Perth casino organisation,” Mr Buti says.

At 991 pages long, the report outlines 59 recommendations for Crown Casino to become suitable to hold a gaming licence and for the gaming and wagering structure in WA.

The report comes as similar findings have been made in New South Wales and Victoria, and Mr Buti says WA’s commission echoes what those states have found.

“It is clear from the report that the situation is broadly similar to that in New South Wales and Victoria.”

The report also recommended a restructuring of the regulatory framework around gambling in WA, including the appointment of a new chair of the Gaming and Wagering Commission.

He says the report found the legislation that regulates the casino is not fit for purpose and needs to be replaced with a more modern regulatory framework.

Mr Buti says while there would be a major changes to the regulatory system in response to the report, some things would not change, namely the restrictions around pokie machines.

“The McGowan government will not weaken the prohibition against poker machines,” he says.

“The conclusions of the Royal Commission show that the people of Western Australia deserve better.”

An independent monitor will be formed by the Gaming and Wagering Commission to monitor the remediation efforts made by Crown over the next two years.

The findings of the Royal Commission were initially scheduled to be handed down last November, but the commission was extended at the request of the commissioners.

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