Crown Resorts Limited (Crown) is a public company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Crown operates 'integrated resorts' in Melbourne and Perth. A casino is integrated into each of the resorts, Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth - the licensing and operations of which are subject to regulation by statutory authorities in Victoria and Western Australia respectively.
On and from 27 July 2019, the Nine Network, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and other media outlets have broadcast or published material which raised various allegations into the conduct of Crown and its alleged associates and business partners and raised questions as to whether the Licensee remains a suitable 'person' to hold a restricted gaming license for the purposes of the Casino Control Act.
The allegations include, but are not limited to, allegations that Crown or its agents, affiliates or subsidiaries:
- engaged in money-laundering;
- breached gambling laws; and
- partnered with junket operators with links to drug traffickers, money launderers, human traffickers, and organised crime groups.
This inquiry heard evidence that may have serious ramifications for Crown's operations in Australia.