Royal commission into Melbourne’s Crown Casino ‘to get the answers we need’

A Royal Commission has been set up to examine Melbourne’s Crown Casino following a similar inquiry in NSW found the company unsuitable to hold a casino licence.

Former judge Raymond Finkelstein is tasked with leading the investigation into whether Crown Melbourne is suitable to hold a casino licence and will report back to the Andrews Government by August 1.

“This is about making sure that those who hold a casino licence in Victoria uphold the highest standards of probity and integrity — and that they’re accountable for their actions,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

The Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Melissa Horne said they “will not tolerate illegal behaviour in our gaming industry”.

“Which is why we’re establishing a royal commission to get the answers we need about Crown Melbourne,” she said.

The move follows a similar investigation by the WA Government into Crown’s casino in Perth.

The NSW report has prompted a swathe of top executives to resign with Harold Mitchell the latest board casualty. He is the fourth director to have left since the release of the Bergin Inquiry report, leaving just five board members left.

Crown Resorts executive chairman Helen Coonan said she supports the investigation.

“It provides us an opportunity 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,” she said.