The SkyCity Inquiry is open to the public

The SkyCity Inquiry is open to the public

Ahead of the launch of the probe into SkyCity Adelaide casino, an independent inquiry in South Australia requested public submissions from interested parties and stakeholders.

Public evidence is being gathered

South Australia’s Liquor and Gambling Commissioner Dini Soulio said that inquiries into Crown Resorts and The Star Entertainment Group in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia uncovered broad systemic failures of the casino industry and required South Australia to investigate the dealings of its only casino.

Brian Martin, a retired Supreme Court judge, has been appointed by the state to lead the inquiry into the dealings of SkyCity Entertainment in its land-based gambling establishment in South Australia.

Martin, who has been instrumental in conducting reviews of key criminal justice policies in the state such as the handling of major indictable offenses and the sentencing discount scheme, will have to determine whether SkyCity Entertainment is suitable to hold a casino license for its SkyCity Adelaide casino.

Interested parties and stakeholders have until August 10 to provide their submissions.

Decision may have an impact on the region and state

The fate of one of the largest employers in South Australia will be determined by the inquiry led by Martin, which has until February 1, 2023, to report back to the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner.

SkyCityAdelaide is located in the historic Railway Station building on the banks of River Torrens and is one of the preferred tourist destinations. A major contributor to the state is the casino, which provides its patrons with fun and exciting times through a variety of entertainment options integrated within a contemporary environment.

SkyCity is the largest employer in South Australia and contributes $13 million to the state annually. The amount goes up to over $20 million when adding the indirect contribution.

If the inquiry finds SkyCity Entertainment unsuitable to hold a casino license for its property in Adelaide, the decision could have severe repercussions for the operator’s other casino properties in New Zealand.

Summary:

An independent inquiry in South Australia has requested public submissions from interested parties and stakeholders ahead of the launch of the probe into SkyCity Adelaide casino. The inquiry was announced earlier in the month when South Australian Liquor and Gambling Commissioner Dini Soulio hinted that inquiries into Crown Resorts and The Star Entertainment Group in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia uncovered broad systemic failures of the casino industry.