Interview with Dr Charles Livingstone

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Period8 Feb 2017

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  • TitleInterview with Dr Charles Livingstone
    Media name/outletABC Melbourne & Ballarat
    Duration/Length/Size6 mins 41 secs
    DescriptionInterview with Dr Charles Livingstone, Monash University. Crown Casino is the 11th largest casino in the world. However, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation have cut one in three staff over the last six years. The Auditor-General has examined the Commission, finding a number of issues. This includes problem gamblers and intoxicated patrons not being properly supervised, money laundering audits not being conducted often enough and standard audits stopping for almost a year up until September 2014. Livingstone says the casino gets a lot of leeway. He says it's a crazy situation when cuts are being made to the regulator in a state which has one of the world's biggest casino's, along with one of the world's biggest poker machine markets. Livingstone says the lack of compliance checking by the regulator has become almost notorious. He says it's hard for government's to take on casino's, particularly when they are run by James Packer and his companies. Livingstone casino's have a lot of clout with the government's and provide a big revenue stream. He says the Auditor found people working at the commission had the second lowest level of morale of any government agency they had ever investigated in the state. Livingstone says money laundering audits aren't taking place, it means criminal activity is happening beneath our noses. He says he can't imagine the police or AUSTRAC are happy about this. Livingstone says there have been a lot of changes staff-wise at the commission in the last year. He believes the government has recognised it's a problem area.
    Producer/AuthorRafael Epstein
    PersonsCharles Livingstone