The federal government RECOGNIZES to conclude a visa agreement with Crown Casino so that they can attract high stakes gamblers from China
- Home affairs admitted that they had signed a deal with Crown Casino & # 39; s from 2003 to 2016
- The agreement with stakeholders made it possible to quickly follow short-stay visas
- The government maintained that no applicant received special treatment
The Ministry of the Interior has admitted a visa agreement with Crown Casino & # 39; s allowing the company to attract high-stakes Chinese gamblers to Australia.
The agreement, reportedly implemented in 2003, made it possible to quickly follow short-stay visa applications for a number of large international companies until 2016.
However, the government denied that the deal meant special treatment for applicants and insisted that every case be investigated as usual.
& # 39; Our offices in China are well aware of the risks that may occur in their case and they investigate and manage applications accordingly & # 39 ;, a Ministry of Interior spokesperson told Nine.
"These arrangements always make it clear that applicants must undergo the full range of applicable controls."
The Ministry of the Interior admitted that it had a visa agreement with Crown Casino and other international companies
Billonaire James Packer has a 26 percent interest in Crown Casino & # 39; s
The revelations are the result of a series of reports accusing Crown of laundering large sums of money through the Melbourne play location – claiming that the casino giant has strongly denied this.
The short-stay visa regime involving Crown's clients began during the Howard government coalition, continued under the Gillard Labor government in 2011, but ended five years later.
In a statement on Monday, Crown defended itself against earlier money laundering claims, following reports claiming that large sums of money had been brought through the Melbourne gaming site.
& # 39; Crown has a comprehensive anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing program that is subject to regulatory control by AUSTRAC & # 39 ;, the statement said.
Independent Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie will request a parliamentary inquiry into Crown on Tuesday, with Center Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie expecting to support his support.
Labor does not exclude an investigation, but wants to explain what happened to Minister Peter Dutton of the Interior.
The minister is in London for meetings with representatives of the Five Eyes security alliance.
& # 39; We really need to hear this from the minister, & # 39; told Labor Deputy Richard Marles to ABC Radio National.
Roy Whye Wah Moo (photo) was caught on CCTV money laundering money via Crown for Chinese gangs in 2013
& # 39; It does relate to the relationship between Crown and the Interior Department up to and including Australian Border Force. & # 39;
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the coalition government took the issue seriously.
& # 39; It's a very serious issue and it's not just about the integrity of our gaming industry, but also about issues related to law enforcement and border protection & # 39 ;, he told parliament on Monday.
Crown & # 39; s efforts to lure large gamblers to their casinos in Melbourne and Perth led to an anti-corruption operation by the Chinese government in October 2016.
The crackdown led to 19 former and serving Crown employees being arrested by the Chinese authorities.
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