The review of The Star Entertainment Group’s casino in Sydney has been extended to 31 August, with further witnesses to appear.
Adam Bell SC (who is the lead of this review) was initially due to present his findings by 30 June. However, he has requested an extension. This has now been granted by New South Wales’ Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA).
In an announcement issued by the ILGA, Bell’s request for more time will permit him “to undertake further lines of inquiry in order to fully discharge his duties according to the Terms of Reference.”
These so-called “Terms of Reference” detail the scope of Bell’s review, which concerns The Star’s suitability to operate its casino in Sydney, as well as the extent to which the company has complied with its obligations under the Casino Control Act 1992 and Casino Control Regulation 2019.
Further areas the review will examine include “the presence and detection of illegal and undesirable activities and people in the casino” and “the management and operation of The Star’s bank accounts.”
ILGA Chairperson Philip Crawford commented: “The Authority is fully supportive of Mr Bell examining additional witnesses and giving further consideration to a number of key issues.”
The resignation follows public hearings which began on 17 March. The Star Entertainment Group CEO Matt Bekier resigned after hearing testimony from the public.
Paul McWilliams (ex-Chief Risk Officer) was one of the witness who has so far testified. He said that Bekier responded angrily in 2018 to KPMG’s audit report.
The Star responded to the extension by stating that it would continue to cooperate fully with the review.
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