Legislative Council: Tuesday, May 02, 2023


SkyCity Adelaide

In reply to the Hon. C. BONAROS ().2 November 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Consumer and Business Affairs has advised:

The government has noted the comments made by the chair of SkyCity Adelaide at its recent AGM of shareholders.

Any allegations of breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing rules and corporate governance failures are of considerable concern to the government and are being taken very seriously.

The Liquor and Gambling Commissioner has met with AUSTRAC during its investigation.

In accordance with Part 11 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth), I am prevented from disclosing the detail of these meetings held with AUSTRAC.

The investigation by AUSTRAC is limited to SkyCity's compliance with commonwealth anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

The investigation by Hon. Brian Martin KC is being undertaken on behalf of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner and in accordance with his terms of reference:

In answer to part 4 of the honourable member's question, if SkyCity Adelaide is found to be in breach of the casino licence or found to be not suitable to hold the casino licence, the commissioner currently has available a range of options available to him in including powers to:

issue a compliance notice

issue a default notice

issue a reprimand, fine or give directions to the winding up of operations

suspend the licence

cancel the licence.