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Star Casino in Ex-Gambling Regulator Controversy

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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 (ILGA) 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.
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Controversies with the Star Casino Appointment

There is a four-year ban on working for gambling businesses if you’re ex-official. Here, there is an issue with this possible assignment. Mr Brodie was once chief executive of the ILGA. His position was annulled just over a year ago. Another problem is that the authority got involved in regulatory plans associated with Crown Resorts and Star Casino. There was a planned $2 billion resort and hotel in Barangaroo. This was while Mr Brodie was an executive at the ILGA, 

The implementation os the post-employment rule was because ILGA wanted to avoid scope for any real or perceived conflicts of interest. It was also to ensure that there is an integrity of regulation.

Micheil Brodie’s Comments

According to Mr Brodie, his new position will not involve advising Star Casino on gambling compliance. He was not reassigned as a key official after his previous role got 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 an ILGA spokesperson refused to give their side of the story saying “It would be inappropriate to comment”.