20 October, 2021
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The Alliance for Gambling Reform has today welcomed the announcement that the NSW inquiry into the conduct of Star Casino will hold public hearings. This comes after explosive revelations that The Star has reportedly enabled organised crime through money laundering. We are now calling on the inquiry to centre the lived experiences of those directly impacted by gambling harm.
The Alliance for Gambling Reform’s Chief Advocate, Reverend Tim Costello says:
“Here we are again. Another casino’s predatory practices brought out clearly into the public spotlight for all to see.
“From the Bergin Inquiry in NSW to the Finkelstein Royal Commission in Victoria and across the country to the WA Royal Commission, what we’ve seen time and time again when the light is shone on casino operators is that they are riding roughshod over our poorly resourced regulators, who can no longer guarantee our safety.
“It is vital for Mr Bell to take a broad view of the Terms of Reference and commit to investigating gambling harm at the casino, including taking testimony from those with lived experience.
“The Alliance is on the frontline of the fight against this industry and we know that gambling harm is happening at The Star. We talk everyday to the very people who have been hurt by their predatory practices.
“It’s time for those with lived experience of gambling harm to be seen and heard.”
Tim is available for further comment.
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