Covid-19 forces postponement of Crown/Melco inquiry

A public hearing into probity and licensing issues related to Crown Resorts and Melco Resorts & Entertainment has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, local media reports.

“As a result of the recent reports and impacts of COVID-19 and in alignment with the changes that have been advised by the Commonwealth and state governments … it is with regret that the public hearings of the inquiry will be deferred to a date to be fixed,” the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority was cited as saying.

The hearing was scheduled to have restarted on Wednesday. It’s looking into the acquisition of a stake in Crown by Melco, as well as allegations aired in a documentary last year that accused the Australian group of fast-tracking visas for Chinese VIPs and doing business with figures linked to money laundering.