After years of the Alliance calling for real investigations into the gambling industry, yesterday the Victorian Government finally announced a Royal Commission into Crown Casino.
This is a massive moment for the gambling reform movement in Australia. And it’s all thanks to the tireless efforts of people like you!
Thousands of signatures, letters and phone calls all led to this point, where the Premier had no option but to act. Together we can be proud that we are holding this cowboy industry to account.
The Alliance doesn’t want the Royal Commission to be a whitewash. We know from the NSW Bergin report what there is to be found, and we presume even more will be uncovered.
A major focus over the next few months will be ensuring that all those who have been harmed by Crown’s bad behaviour can have their voices heard. Every day, people are being harmed by the gambling industry, both in casinos and in clubs and pubs, and it’s important their voices are centred in this investigation.
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As the Crown saga twists and turns we will be keeping our supporters informed. From being unfit to hold a license in NSW, a review with Royal Commission powers in WA, and now a Royal Commission in Victoria; to get updates, make sure you’re subscribed.
To catch up:
The Briefing podcast (from 8:10 - 10 min listen) - The Bergin Inquiry in NSW has found Crown Casinos is not fit to hold a casino licence, meaning its new multi-billion dollar tower in Sydney is a white elephant. The Age’s Nick McKenzie and former chair of the Casino, Liquor and Gaming Authority Chris Sidoti, and Tom Tilley discuss Crown’s future.
Our July 2019 media release on need for Royal Commission in Victoria
Our July 2020 media release calling for a national Royal Commission into gambling
What the Bergin report showed about Crown behaviour