30 Jul 2019
Commonwealth authorities and Crown Casino will face an integrity investigation amid allegations about efforts to lure Chinese gamblers to Australia.
Attorney-General Christian Porter said he had referred allegations about Crown Casino to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity.
Crown has been the subject of a Nine News investigation that made a series of allegations about the company’s attempts to attract Chinese gamblers to its Australian casinos.
Mr Porter said there were “sufficient concerns” to warrant further examination and he referred the matter to the commission earlier today.
Earlier in the day, the Federal Government confirmed it previously had an agreement with Crown Casinos to fast-track short-stay visa applications for Chinese visitors.
Mr Porter announced the referral as crossbench MPs pushed for Parliament to investigate the matter.
“I have considered the allegations that have been raised in the media reporting, and particularly as they touch upon allegations which are either directly relatable to or tangentially relatable to Commonwealth officers,” Mr Porter told Parliament.
“It’s my view that there are sufficient concerns raised at least to warrant further investigations.”
Mr Porter said his decision to refer the matter to the commission did not suggest he had any evidence that supported allegations against Commonwealth authorities.
“Rather it’s the case that Section 18 of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act might be called a precautionary referral provision,” he said.
By Jade Macmillan, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 30 July 2019
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