Crown role makes Coonan unfit to lead financial ombudsman: Labor

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 2-Nov-20

Opposition financial services spokesman Stephen Jones claims Helen Coonan’s role as chairman of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority is "untenable". Coonan is also the chairman of casino operator Crown Resorts, which is currently the subject of inquiry by the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority. Jones says Coonan should not be head of a body that determines whether financial entities have been acting with probity while at the same time trying to push off allegations that Crown’s casinos have been used for significant money laundering. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says establishing the Authority is a "proud achievement" of the federal government, and that Coonan is a "widely respected" former MP.

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AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL COMPLAINTS AUTHORITY, CROWN RESORTS LIMITED – ASX CWN, NEW SOUTH WALES. INDEPENDENT LIQUOR AND GAMING AUTHORITY

Star boss breaks silence on tarnished Crown

Original article by Natasha Gillezeau
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 20 : 9-Aug-19

Star Entertainment Group CEO Matt Bekier says junkets are an long-established feature of the gaming and wagering sector. The use of junkets by casino companies has been in the news recently, with media reports claiming that some of the ‘junket’ operators that Star rival Crown Resorts uses to entice Chinese ‘high-rollers’ to Australia have connections to organised crime. In terms of how Star uses junkets, Bekier says its investors can be confident it is doing the right thing.

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THE STAR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP LIMITED – ASX SGR, CROWN RESORTS LIMITED – ASX CWN