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Regular Review of Star Casino’s Licence to Begin

September 19, 2021 | Government

Issued by the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority

SYDNEY, Australia (September 14, 2021) — The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA) has appointed Adam Bell SC to undertake a review of The Star casino’s operations.

ILGA chair Philip Crawford said the review will consider how effectively The Star is complying with its statutory obligations and whether it remains suitable to hold a casino licence.

“Regular reviews of casinos in NSW are required under the Casino Control Act and the last review of The Star was conducted in 2016 by Jonathan Horton QC,” Mr Crawford said.

“These reviews are carried out with the co-operation of the casino operator to ensure the casino remains free from criminal influence or exploitation and doesn’t cause harm to the public interest.

“Mr Bell was the lead senior counsel assisting the Bergin Inquiry into Crown Resorts’ Barangaroo casino and, as such, has extensive knowledge of casino regulatory matters in NSW including the issues of concern identified in the Bergin Report.

“This experience provides Mr Bell with a deep understanding of the current casino landscape which will be invaluable for this role. He is expected to hand down his findings to ILGA by 31 March 2022.”

The Terms of Reference for the investigation and inquiry is available.

The NSW Government continues to work on the suite of legislative reforms recommended in the Bergin Inquiry Report on the regulation of casinos in NSW and the suitability of Crown Resorts to hold a restricted gaming facility licence.

Read the latest media release.

SOURCE: Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority.

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