The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will discuss the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation’s inability or refusal to expose alleged wrongdoings at Crown Casino.
Andrew will be available to discuss this matter at 11.00am today at Parliament House lawns Hobart. Redacted correspondence to the VCGLR is attached and a link to video and photographs to support the allegations can be viewed at http://andrewwilkie.org/victorian-gambling-authority-turning-blind-eye-crown-casino/
“I wrote to the VCGLR three weeks ago about loss of confidence in its ability to investigate alleged wrongdoings at Crown Casino,” Mr Wilkie said. “There’s been no response, so today I’m releasing this information because the public has a right to know how the Victorian State Government and its gambling regulator operate. It’s particularly important right now as the Government is considering the VCGLR’s secret review about whether Crown is a suitable entity to hold a casino licence.”
Mr Wilkie’s letter outlines concerns that the VCGLR is raising barriers to prevent a proper investigation into whistleblower allegations including the use of Crown-issued picks to tamper with poker machines, the issuing of multiple loyalty cards and encouraging the setting of million-dollar betting limits.
“It appears extraordinary to me that the VCGLR investigators refused to take and act on anonymous information from a whistleblower, yet that whistleblower was able to go straight to Crown Casino and witness exactly the illegal behaviour he wished to divulge,” Mr Wilkie said. “The whistleblower wants the events he witnessed at Crown Casino made public. Like many members of the community he’s lost confidence in the VCGLR to expose wrongdoings at Crown Casino and, frankly, I can understand him coming to that conclusion.”
Mr Wilkie said the recent $300,000 fine the VCGLR handed to Crown for breaking the law by blanking buttons on machines was tokenistic because it represented such a small fraction of the casino’s multi-million-dollar profits.
Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart