Perth Casino Royal Commission

The Commission has been established to inquire into and report on the affairs of Crown Casino Perth. The Commission will examine the regulatory framework and any matters that might enhance the Gaming and Wagering Commission's future capability and effectiveness.

The Commission

On 5 March 2021, the Honourable Neville Owen (AO), the Honourable Lindy Jenkins and Mr Colin Murphy (PSM), were appointed Royal Commissioners to inquire into the suitability of Crown Perth to continue holding a casino gaming licence pursuant to the following Terms of Reference.  The Commissioners will also examine the State's regulatory framework, including any actual or perceived conflicts of interest by officers involved in casino regulation, and any matters that might enhance the Gaming and Wagering Commission's future capability and effectiveness.

The Commission will be known as the Perth Casino Royal Commission.

On 30 June 2021, the Commission delivered its Interim Report to the Governor, the Hon Kim Beazley AC, and the office of the Premier, the Hon Mark McGowan MLA. On 3 August 2021, the report was tabled in the Parliament of Western Australia. A copy of the report is available on this website under Publications, Practice Directions and Rulings.

The Commission is expected to deliver its final report by 4 March, 2022.

Hearings

Before the Commission this afternoon:  Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Hearing Room 3

Witness: MR TRAVIS COSTIN

Counsel: MR MICHAEL FEUTRILL SC as Counsel Assisting the Commission, MR SIMON DAVIS for Mr Costin, MR JOSEPH GARAS SC for Crown

MR PAUL D EVANS for the GWC, MS FIONA SEAWARD for the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, MS RACHAEL YOUNG for CPH

Public hearings for the Perth Casino Royal Commission will be held from Monday, 20 September - Friday, 24 September 2021. Concurrent hearings will run from Tuesday – Thursday. The witnesses are listed below:

Hearing Room  3  –           Monday to Friday

Monday, 20 Sept:             Mr Anthony Godfrey, Crown Perth Premium Compliance Manager (11am);
                                            Mr Christo Theodoropoulos, former Crown employee (pm)

Tuesday, 21 Sept:             Mr Richard Smith, Crown Perth Director, Premium Gaming – Gaming Machines (am);
                                            Ms Denise Vanderklau, Crown Perth Regulatory and Compliance Manager (pm)

Wednesday, 22 Sept:      Mr Brian Lee, Crown Perth General Manager, Security and Surveillance (am);
                                           Mr Travis Costin, Crown Group General Manager Corporate Finance and Treasury (pm) (via video)

Thursday, 23 Sept:           Ms Rachel Murray, former Crown Resorts Internal Audit Manager (am);
                                            Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch, WA Police Force (pm)

Friday, 24 Sept:                 Ms Melanie Strelein Faulks, Crown Perth General Manager Responsible Gaming (am);
                                            Ms Vasula Kessell, Crown Perth Financial Controller (pm)

Hearing Room 4  –          Tuesday to Thursday

Tuesday, 21 Sept:            Ms Melissa Smith, Crown Perth Director, Casino Operations – Gaming Machines (am);

Wednesday, 22 Sept:       Ms Kelly Townson, Crown Perth General Manager Marketing (am);

Thursday, 23 Sept:           Mr Michael Neilson, former Crown Resorts General Counsel & Company Secretary (am) (via video)

 

The Commission schedule of public hearings for the week commencing Tuesday, 28 September, is set out below. The witnesses are:

Hearing Room 3 

Tuesday, 28 Sept:            Mr David Brown, Crown Resorts General Manager, Cage & Count (via video)

Wednesday, 29 Sept:      Ms Sonja Bauer, Crown Resorts Group General Manager, Responsible Gaming (am) (via video);
                                           Mr Jarrod Campbell, Crown Perth General Manager Cage & Count (pm)

Thursday, 30 Sept:          Mr Joshua Preston, former Chief Legal Officer Australian Resorts (am);
                                           Mr Alan McGregor, Crown Resorts Chief Financial Officer (pm) (via video)

Friday, 1 Oct:                    Mr Lonnie Bossi, CEO Crown Perth

Hearing Room 4 

Wednesday, 29 Sept:     Mr Derek Burling, Crown Perth, Head of Security and Investigations (11.30am)

No public hearings will be held at this stage in the following two weeks (weeks commencing 4 October).

Hearings run from 10am – 1pm, and 2pm – 4pm. Most hearings will be held in Hearing Room 3 and are open to the public. When concurrent hearings are listed, Hearing Room 4 will also be used. Both rooms are on the 18th floor, 111 St Georges Tce, Perth. Public seating is strictly limited. Hearings are live streamed, with the link available on this website under Video and Transcripts.

 

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Page reviewed 22 September 2021