Australia: Coalition, Labor oppose federal inquiry into Crown allegations
19 Oct 2017

The Turnbull government and Labor have expressed their opposition to a crossbench push for a Senate inquiry into casinos after whistleblowers’ explosive allegations of wrongdoing by Crown Resorts.

Earlier on Thursday the Greens rounded on Labor, noting its support would be sufficient to set up the inquiry and accusing the opposition of protecting casino bosses.

On Wednesday the independent MP Andrew Wilkie and senator Nick Xenophon tabled video evidence in parliament from whistleblowers alleging the Crown casino in Melbourne deliberately tampered with poker machines and avoided money laundering rules.

The Greens, Xenophon and the independent Jacqui Lambie planned to move a Senate motion for the inquiry late on Thursday morning but postponed it.

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