Partner Jamie Nettleton discusses the Victoria Royal Commission in, to Crown in ‘Victoria royal commission into Crown resorts ‘broader’ than in NSW, WA‘, article published in The Australian on 22 March 2021.
An extract of the article is below:
Partner and head of the gambling law practice at Addisons, Jamie Nettleton, said the public interest question made the scope of the Victorian royal commission broader than the NSW inquiry.
“The part about it being in the public interest for Crown to operate the casino is a point of difference between NSW and Victoria,” he said.
“It makes the inquiry broader, and doesn’t seem to have any parameters around it.”
Mr Nettleton said the clause could allow Commissioner Finkelstein to hear a broader range of witnesses than those who appeared at the NSW inquiry – such as special interest groups – although he was likely to be mindful of time constraints.
“I think he will take a view as to whether each witness has appropriate standing – can they assist the inquiry,” he said, adding that although five months may appear to be a sufficient amount of time, Commissioner Finkelstein would have to be disciplined.
“I think he’s going to keep a tight rein on it, but you might want to hypothetically ask if the process and the time frame allows those who feel aggrieved by Crown to have their day in court, as it were.”
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