Star to face second NSW inquiry into Sydney casino

Star Entertainment Group will be subjected to a second inquiry in NSW as the regulator issues its latest blow to the embattled business just one day before its half-yearly results.

Adam Bell SC will again investigate Star Sydney’s conduct after he issued his first damning report in 2022 which found Star was unsuitable to hold its casino licence, having found evidence of an extensive compliance breakdown that led to money laundering, criminal infiltration and large-scale fraud.

The inquiry will run for 15 weeks from Monday.
The inquiry will run for 15 weeks from Monday.Credit: Edwina Pickles

The NSW Independent Casino Commission’s chief commissioner Phillip Crawford said in an interview on Monday morning he was not yet convinced Star Sydney has successfully changed its culture since its casino licence was stripped in October 2022.

“We do not take this decision likely but I’m not yet sure they have addressed the cultural reform Bell identified in his first report,” Crawford said.

“Bell Two will bring us back to the Bell Report and The Star’s efforts to regain its casino licence in the shadow of that report.”

The inquiry will run for 15 weeks from Monday, with the final report due on May 31.

“Hearings will be held in camera and the report will be released publicly in due course,” the regulator said.

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