By Rev Tim Costello, Chief Advocate, Alliance for Gambling Reform
I was meant to preach at a church this Sunday, but that’s been understandably cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet if I want to go to Crown Casino and gamble away my life savings on the pokies that’s okay; rest assured precautions have been taken to protect the community’s health in the form of every second machine being shut down.Read more
To all members of Parliament,
It’s time to declare your support for a royal commission into Crown and the gambling industry. We need more than a watchdog, we need a fully-toothed tiger!
Following on from the revelations exposed by The SMH, The AGE and 60 Minutes we must have a public, thorough and transparent inquiry into Crown Casinos and the gambling industry.
Failure to do so may mean the problem will get worse. The industry cannot regulate itself. Right now, the most high-profile casino operator in the country acts with disregard for the law across jurisdictions.
We call on you to declare your support for a royal commission into Crown Casinos and the gambling industry.
"It took the Financial Services Royal Commission to reveal serious malpractice in banks that in some cases ruined lives. The Aged Care Royal Commission exposed a cowboy industry and shocking human rights abuses. It’s time for a royal commission into the extent of alleged corruption by Crown Casino and the multi-billion dollar gambling industry" - Tim Costello
The investigators claim to have tens of thousands of company documents and data showing how the company operated in China with its alleged ties to foreign organised crime plus their influence on Australian government agencies.
Just last year whistleblowers exposed Crown for pokie machine tampering to ensure higher bets. It is clear Crown cannot be trusted and we don’t know the extent of their alleged corruption.
Join us in calling for a royal commission into Crown and the gambling industry.