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Palaszczuk government launches review into Star Entertainment

The State Government will launch a review into gambling giant The Star to probe its suitability to continue holding a casino licence in Queensland.

The Palaszczuk government will launch an independent review into gambling giant The Star to probe its suitability to continue holding a casino licence in Queensland.

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said the terms of reference would be released following consideration by Cabinet.

“The Palaszczuk government takes the allegations of money laundering and integrity issues very seriously,” she said.

“Investigations by the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation into The Star are ongoing, and they are continuing to work with the Queensland Police and AUSTRAC.

“There will also be an independent expert review into the suitability of The Star to keep its casino licence.”

The Star has been approached for comment.

The giant operates a casino on the Gold Coast and will be the gaming operator for the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf development in Brisbane.

A similar probe by the New South Wales gaming regulator into the gambling giant’s operations in Sydney uncovered evidence of money laundering and bank fraud.

On Monday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk refused to say why Queensland hadn’t held an inquiry while insisting her government was taking “all of these issues very seriously”.

“What has been raised in New South Wales is serious,” she said.

“Our Cabinet takes it seriously and I’ll let the Attorney-General make further comments.”

Ms Fentiman recently introduced laws to tighten casino regulations — including a $50 million fine for integrity breaches.

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