Thursday, June 30, 2022

Covid-19 forces postponement of Crown/Melco inquiry


A public hearing into probity and licensing issues related to Crown Resorts and Melco Resorts & Entertainment has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, local media reports.

"As a result of the recent reports and impacts of COVID-19 and in alignment with the changes that have been advised by the Commonwealth and state governments ... it is with regret that the public hearings of the inquiry will be deferred to a date to be fixed," the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority was cited as saying.

The hearing was scheduled to have restarted on Wednesday. It’s looking into the acquisition of a stake in Crown by Melco, as well as allegations aired in a documentary last year that accused the Australian group of fast-tracking visas for Chinese VIPs and doing business with figures linked to money laundering.

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