The Queensland Government has announced that it will conduct an independent inquiry into whether Star Entertainment is fit to continue operating casino licenses in the state. Queensland’s attorney general, Shannon Fentiman, said an independent investigation into Star Entertainment and its casino licenses in Brisbane and Gold Coast would begin.
Ms Fentiman said Cabinet would consider terms of reference to define precisely what the review will examine. The investigation comes on the heels of allegations that there was money laundering and fraud activity in venues operated by Star Entertainment in NSW. Star Entertainment is currently building its $3.6bn Queen Wharf development in Brisbane, expected to open in the first half of 2023.
The State Opposition has supported the review but has called for it to include public hearings. In addition, it has indicated that additional changes in legislation could be considered following the completion of an ongoing inquiry into Star Entertainment Group.