Inquiry under section 143 of the Casino Control Act 1992 (NSW)

Hearings and Submissions

The first public hearing was held on Tuesday, 21 January 2020. 

Further public hearings of the Inquiry commenced on 24 February 2020.

On 24 June 2020, ILGA made an announcement regarding the resumption of this Inquiry following its deferral on 3 April 2020.  That announcement is available here.

Details of upcoming public hearings and past public hearings appear below.

Public hearings resuming 23 September 2020

Further public hearings will be held between Wednesday 23 September 2020 and Friday 9 October 2020.

Details of the witnesses and timing is published below.

Public hearings resuming 9 September 2020

Further public hearings were held between 9 September 2020 and 15 September 2020.

The witnesses that gave evidence at these hearings are listed here.

Public hearings resuming 31 August 2020

Further public hearings were held between 31 August 2020 and 3 September 2020.

The witnesses that gave evidence at these hearings are listed here.

Public hearings resuming 17 August 2020

Further public hearings of the Inquiry were held between 17 August 2020 and 24 August 2020.

These public hearings focussed on the arrest and conviction of Crown Resorts Limited personnel in China in 2016-2017 and circumstances leading up to and surrounding those events.

The witnesses that gave evidence at these hearings are listed here.

Public hearings - Week commencing 24 February 2020 and resuming 27 July 2020

These public hearings completed on 6 August 2020 at which time the Commissioner adjourned the public hearings to 17 August 2020.  Short details of these completed hearings appear below.

The public hearings of the Inquiry commencing on 24 February 2020 will explore aspects of the commercial settings in which casinos operate and will include evidence in relation to:

  • The nature of the operation of casinos in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia;

  • The concept of junkets including their provenance and introduction into Australian casinos;

  • The reasons for the use of junkets in the casino business model both nationally and internationally;

  • Junket operations in practice in Crown Resorts Limited, The Star and Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited;

  • The vulnerability of junkets to the infiltration of organised crime;

  • The vulnerabilities of casinos to money laundering both generally and in connection with the use of junkets; and

  • The consequential impact on the operation of casinos.

These public hearings will also explore the relevant regulatory settings in relation to junkets and money laundering and will include evidence in relation to:

  • The relevant statutory and regulatory regimes under which casinos operate in New South Wales and elsewhere in Australia;

  • The various statutory agencies with responsibilities for the regulation of casinos; and

  • Regulation in some other jurisdictions.

The witnesses that gave evidence at these hearings are listed here.

Witnesses

This page will be updated with witness list and order 24 to 48 hours in advance of a witness giving evidence.

The witness list and order is subject to change.

Proceedings commence at 10.00am AEST unless otherwise stated.

Date of Public Hearing Witness name In-person / video-link
Wednesday 23 September 2020
Mary Manos

Kenneth Barton
Video-link

Video-link
Thursday 24 September 2020 Kenneth Barton (continued) Video-link
Friday 25 September 2020 Michael Johnston Video-link
Monday 28 September 2020 Michael Johnston (continued) Video-link
Tuesday 29 September 2020 Michael Johnston (continued)

Guy Jalland (not before 1.00pm)
Video-link

Video-link from Denmark
Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 1.00pm Guy Jalland (continued) Video-link from Denmark
Thursday 1 October 2020 John Poynton

John Alexander (not before 2.00pm)
Video-link

Video-link
Friday 2 October 2020 John Alexander (continued) Video-link
Monday 5 October Not Sitting - Legislated Public Holiday
Not before 2.00pm on
Tuesday 6 October 2020
James Packer Video-link
Wednesday 7 October 2020
James Packer (continued) Video-link
Thursday 8 October 2020 James Packer (continued)

Benjamin Brazil (not before 2.00pm)
Video-link

Video-link
Friday 9 October 2020 Harold Mitchell (not before 11.30am) Video-link
Monday 12 October 2020 Andrew Demetriou Video-link
Tuesday 13 October 2020 Andrew Demetriou (continued)

Antonia Korsanos

Professor John Horvath
Video-link

Video-link

Video-link
Wednesday 14 October 2020
Professor John Horvath (continued)

Sarah Jane Halton (not before 2.00pm)
Video-link

Video-link
Thursday 15 October 2020 Sarah Jane Halton Video-link
Friday 16 October 2020 Helen Coonan Video-link
Monday 19 October 2020 Not Sitting
Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 9.30am Helen Coonan (continued) Video-link
Wednesday 21 October 2020 Geoff Dixon Video-link
Thursday 22 October 2020 Not Sitting
Friday 23 October 2020 Rose Webb
NSW Department of Customer Service
Video-link

You can watch a live stream of the hearings in the box below.

Transcripts

Tuesday 21 January 2020
Monday 24 February 2020
Tuesday 25 February 2020
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Thursday 27 February 2020
Monday 27 July 2020
Thursday 30 July 2020
Friday 31 July 2020
Monday 3 August 2020
Tuesday 4 August 2020
Wednesday 5 August 2020
Thursday 6 August 2020
Monday 17 August 2020
Tuesday 18 August 2020
Wednesday 19 August 2020
Thursday 20 August 2020
Friday 21 August 2020
Monday 24 August 2020
Monday 31 August 2020
Tuesday 1 September 2020
Wednesday 2 September 2020
Thursday 3 September 2020
Friday 4 September 2020
Wednesday 9 September 2020
Thursday 10 September 2020
Friday 11 September 2020
Monday 14 September 2020
Tuesday 15 September 2020
Wednesday 23 September 2020
Thursday 24 September 2020
Friday 25 September 2020 The transcript published on this website for 25 September 2020 excludes pages P-3001 to P-3009.
Publication of these pages is subject to the finalisation of a non-publication direction.
Monday 28 September 2020
Tuesday 29 September 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020
Thursday 1 October 2020
Friday 2 October 2020
Tuesday 6 October 2020
Wednesday 7 October 2020
Thursday 8 October 2020
Friday 9 October 2020
Monday 12 October 2020
Tuesday 13 October 2020
Wednesday 14 October 2020
Thursday 15 October 2020
Friday 16 October 2020
Tuesday 20 October 2020
Wednesday 21 October 2020

Submissions

Members of the public and interested organisations are invited to make submissions on any aspect of the Terms of Reference and in particular Part B of the amended Terms of Reference (formerly Part C). A copy of the invitation can be found here.

Submissions should be no more than 12 pages, in A4 and emailed in electronic format to submissions@nswcasinoinquiry.com.  As the Inquiry was deferred because of the COVID-19 pandemic submissions will be accepted beyond the date referred to in the invitation.  The date to which the Inquiry will continue to accept submissions will be fixed at a later date and time to be notified.

Most submissions will form part of the public record of the Inquiry. Requests for confidentiality will be considered. However the Inquiry reserves the right to publish all submissions and is not liable for the content or the disclosure of submissions.

For the purpose of publication, information may be removed from a submission if it reveals confidential or sensitive information.

It will be appreciated that most search engines may be able to retrieve names and information about individuals recorded in the submissions.