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Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, has called for the Royal Commission into Crown Melbourne to be expanded to include the conduct of the Victorian gambling regulator and Victorian Government.

“Heads should roll after last night’s 4Corners,” Mr Wilkie said. “Crown only got away with what it did because government agencies didn’t do their job. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation in particular has been exposed as a lapdog not a watchdog, while the Victorian Government is every bit as exposed for running a protection racket.

“Significantly I have now been contacted by yet another VCGLR whistleblower, this one at management level, who is keen to share their story if the Royal Commission’s terms of reference are indeed expanded to include the regulator.

“Clearly the Royal Commission needs to have its powers broadened.  If the Victorian Government refuses to do this urgently, then the community will be left to wonder what have they got to hide?

“I made my first report to the VCGLR and Victorian Government of misconduct at Crown in 2017. Yet here we are in 2021 still with more questions than answers. Clearly there is something deeply wrong here which only a Royal Commission with the broadest terms of reference can address.”