Australia: Star hasn’t paid fines for Qld breaches says interim boss

Star Entertainment’s interim boss is “not aware” of the casino operator paying any fines for its breaches of Queensland’s laws over the last five years.

The casino operator’s interim chief executive Geoff Hogg admits Star has been responsible for “a number of minor breaches” since 2017.

He says most of those breaches have been incidents such as a patron exclusion or “a staff error on tables”.

Mr Hogg says he “can’t recall” Star paying any fines or being prosecuted by the state government for any breaches.

“Certainly we’ve obviously focused on remediation steps that we can do when we have any breaches or anything that occurs, and it’s been a focus for us. I’m not aware of any fines,” he told a parliamentary inquiry on Monday.

That inquiry is vetting proposed casino laws that would force operators to self-report legal breaches, expand the government’s power to gather information about casino operations and impose penalties of up to $50 million for breaches.

Mr Hogg revealed the government told Star about the proposed laws and asked them for responses before they were tabled in parliament.

He said Star didn’t make any comments about the new fines being proposed or the size of them.