Star Casino is not new to hiring high-profile candidates. The most recent speculated placement is that of former gambling regulator and casino operator, Micheil Brodie. The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority received an application from the Star Entertainment Group to have Mr Brodie licensed as their employee. A similar case happened in 2015 when NSW Liberal party president Chris Downy resigned to take a senior executive role at Star Casino in Pyrmont.
The issue with this possible assignment is that, Mr Brodie was once chief executive of the ILGA and there is a four-year ban on working for gambling businesses if you’re an ex-official. His position was annulled just over a year ago. Another issue is that, while Mr Brodie was an executive at the ILGA, the authority got involved in regulatory plans associated with Crown Resorts and Star Casino’s planned $2 billion resort and hotel in Barangaroo.
The reason the ILGA post-employment rule was implemented was to avoid scope for any real or perceived conflicts of interest and to ensure that there is an integrity of regulation.
According to Mr Brodie, his new position will not involve advising Star Casino on gambling compliance. He was not reassigned as key official after his previous role was annulled at ILGA. Mr Brodie confirms that he was hesitant to accept the offer and that he has “…thought through what they want me to do with great care.”
A spokesperson from The Star Entertainment Group says that “To maximise excellence in this part of the business, The Star would welcome the opportunity to provide a broader group role for Mr Brodie. But, this would be dependent on further discussions and advice from authorities.”
At this stage, Mr Brodie’s application is under consideration, and an ILGA spokesperson refused to give their side of the story saying “It would be inappropriate to comment”.