Australian Casino Authority Calls for Review
By Paul
The Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority has called for a review of gaming laws, in light of an Ombudsman’s investigation into allegations of misconduct by senior managers of the Office of Gambling Regulation (OGR).

Authority chairman Brian Forrest said the office was compromised because gaming laws required that it to be accountable to different authorities, who often had “conflicting interests”.

What is at stake is whether or not the office should be involved in revenue and tax collection, Forrest said.

The Interchurch Gambling Taskforce called for a `clean-out’ of senior managers at the office.

Taskforce spokesman Reverend Tim Costello said OGR chief executive Bill Lahey and other senior managers should resign or be sacked after Ombudsman Barry Perry found the office inappropriately received $200,000 ($AU 357,000) from an American poker machine maker it was investigating.

Dr Perry is holding a second investigation into allegations that Lahey and other senior managers improperly destroyed files and did not carry out their statutory duties.

Costello called on Premier Steve Bracks to remove the OGR from Treasury control, saying it could not properly perform its regulatory duties reporting to a department responsible for government revenue.

He also said the government should return the $200,000 to poker machine company International Game Technology if it was keen to restore its integrity of gambling regulation.

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