I welcome the revelation today that the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has told Crown Casino that they believe Crown may have broken the law by blanking out buttons on poker machines.

This development has its origins in matters I raised in the Federal Parliament late last year, after whistleblowers from Crown approached me with allegations of machine tampering.

Clearly the Commission’s concern makes a mockery of Crown’s outright rejection of these allegations when I raised them in October. The casino obviously has a case to answer about the blanking of buttons and I’m sure that the truth will come out when the Commission finalises its enquiries.

Crown’s continuing rejection of any suggestion of wrongdoing is now at odds with no less than the Victorian gambling regulator. Both parties are telling different stories, and clearly only one can be right.