A former gambling regulator who is appointed with no prior experience gives a testy testimony at a crown royal commission. He is giving a testimony of accusing counsel assisting of coming across too heavy. He asks if it will be better if the body does more to protect gamblers from harm. Apart from that, the probe is the third facing company over its money-laundering scandal. The first being last year’s lengthy NSW inquiry, which left crown without a gaming license for its new Sydney venue.
Gaming And Wagering Commission Of Western Australia
A key focus of the Perth investigation is the efficacy of oversight by Western Australia’s Gaming and Wagering Commission. And on Tuesday the inquiry is heard from former board member Trevor Fisher, who works there between 2012 and 2017 but brings no prior experience with regulating gambling. Counsel assisting Kala Campbell asks his views on the harms caused by problem gambling. Mr. Fisher says he has a personal effect from any friends or family, but he just sees what it can do to outside families in the way of breaking homes. And abuse and down that line.
In addition, he says that he is generally aware harm minimization duties are part of the role GWC. And while it is requiring task under the relevant act, that doesn’t point out to him. Moreover, Mr fisher agrees that harm minimization is important aiming to avoid banks foreclosing, losing homes, breaking homes, and kinds on the street.
Apart from that, Ms Campbell asks Mr Fisher if he thinks that if it will be better for these to bring to his attention when he starts with the GWC. And Mr Fisher agrees that it will be better if the regulator relies on more up-to-date data problem gambling.
Crown Gambling Regulator Restriction Of Gambling In WA
There is a restriction of gambling in WA, with Crown the only casino, pokie machines prohibited elsewhere. And cruise ships only allow operating onboard gaming when they are more than 12 nautical miles off the coast. Moreover, the royal commission is told that the number of electronic gaming machines at Crown Perth jump from 200 in 1985 to 2500 by 2012.
In addition, Mr. Fisher says that if there is more machine, it does not mean there is more gambling. The findings of a now-complete, separate royal commission in Victoria are expected by October 15. And commissioner Ray Finkelstein indicates he is preparing to strip the company of its Melbourne license if deemed necessary.
In conclusion, a former regulator overseeing Crown’s Perth operations gives a testy testimony at the royal commission.