Vic royal commission accuses Crown’s Coonan of undermining it

Original article by Elouise Fowler, Hannah Wootton
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 12 : 9-Jul-21

Victoria’s royal commission into Crown Resorts has been told that the casino group’s executive chair Helen Coonan appeared to be seeking to undermine the inquiry. Adrian Finanzio, SC, the counsel assisting the inquiry, has read out a letter from Coonan to Victoria’s Gaming Minister Melissa Horne that was sent on 2 July, in which Coonan sought an urgent meeting with Horne and in which she spoke of "catastrophic consequences" if the royal commission were to make adverse findings against Crown’s Melbourne casino licence; Crown contributes 12 per cent of Victoria’s tax take. Royal commissioner Ray Finkelstein said the letter suggested to him that Crown was trying to interfere with the inquiry.


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