Star distances its Qld casinos from NSW

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Star Entertainment’s Queensland casinos should not be judged solely on the actions of their embattled counterparts south of the border, the gambling giant argues.

A NSW inquiry has proposed a new independent casino regulator after hearing allegations Star enabled suspected money laundering, organised crime, fraud and foreign interference at its Sydney casino.

Queensland has ordered its own probe into Star’s suitability to hold a casino licence, with the terms of reference due this week.

The Sunshine State also plans to strengthen gambling laws before the casino giant opens its $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development in Brisbane in 2023.

The proposed laws would allow Queensland’s attorney-general to decide whether casino operators are suitable to hold licences, using the findings of interstate or federal inquiries.

Star’s acting chief executive Geoff Hogg has urged the government to broaden its assessments, arguing casino operations in different jurisdictions should remain separate.

“A Queensland casino entity may not have necessarily had the opportunity to be heard before, or make submissions to, the State or Commonwealth inquiry whose findings the Minister is considering,” Mr Hogg wrote in a submission on the bill.

“That potentially denies the Queensland casino entity procedural fairness in decisions the Minister is making as to ongoing suitability.”

Star also pushed back on allowing the minister to consider findings about an associate of a Queensland casino entity.

“There is scope for the Minister to form views on a Queensland casino entity’s ongoing suitability based on findings about its associates – when the associate operations may be quite different,” Mr Hogg said.

He said Queensland casinos should have a right of reply if the state government uses interstate or federal findings to form a view about their suitability to hold a licence.

Only findings about a Queensland 클레오카지노주소 entity or its associates should be considered by a minister, Mr Hogg wrote, not “associates of associates”.

Star also highlighted its contribution to the state economy, stating it employed more than 4000 people across Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The proposed new laws would allow more cashless gambling, and impose penalties of up $50 million for legal breaches.

Queensland’s Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, 카지노사이트 and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre – the federal regulator – have been probing Star’s money-laundering controls in the state for seven months.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) argued against a proposal that would give the minister extra powers to order harm minimisation measures.

The regulatory change would give the government more flexibility to respond with measures as new gambling products are developed, the bill’s explanatory notes say.

In its submission, the QHA argued there was already a framework to support the introduction of such measures, and the government could also respond through the usual legislative process.

“The QHA is unaware of any instances where Government or (the Office of Liquor And Gaming Regulation) approvals have out-paced any required accompanying harm minimisation measures,” Chief Executive Bernie Hogan wrote.

“The QHA suggests that it is not arduous to pass legislation within the existing regulatory framework in a timely manner.”

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