The owner of The Star casino is trying to hire the former chief executive of the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority despite a four-year ban on ex-officials working for gambling businesses.
Micheil??? Brodie was chief executive of the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority, which oversees casino regulation and licensing in NSW, until the position was abolished just over a year ago as part of a departmental restructure.
During his tenure, ILGA was involved in regulatory decisions relating to The Star and also rival Crown Resorts’ planned $2 billion hotel and casino resort at Barangaroo.
Mr Brodie has been offered a job as adviser on responsible gambling and compliance for The Star Entertainment Group, which owns The Star in Pyrmont, Treasury casino in Brisbane and Jupiters on the Gold Coast.
The company has applied to the ILGA to have Mr Brodie licensed as a key employee as required by the Casino Control Act.
But the rules governing the post-employment of former ILGA officials prohibit them working for businesses holding a gambling licence for four years after they leave the position.
An ILGA spokesman said the rules are “to ensure the integrity of regulation and to avoid scope for any real or perceived conflicts of interest”.
However, Mr Brodie argues that he was not reclassified as a key official after his former role was abolished and that the new job does not involve advising Star on gambling compliance matters.
“It isn’t about gambling compliance,” he said. “It’s about whole of group compliance. My expertise is in risk and regulation.
“From my point of view, as a person who likes to think he has good integrity, I’ve thought through what they want me to do with great care,” he said.
“At first I was a little reluctant. I wanted to make sure it didn’t leave me in a difficult situation.”
A spokesman for The Star Entertainment Group said it “places a huge focus on compliance, regulatory obligations, responsible gambling and other associated risk areas”.
“To maximise excellence in this part of the business, The Star would welcome the opportunity to provide a broad group role for Mr Brodie, but this would be dependent on further discussions and advice from authorities,” he said.
“He has a deep skills-set and would provide further robustness to a purpose-built team reporting in to our group chief risk officer.”
The ILGA spokesman said that as Mr Brodie’s application is under consideration by the ILGA board “it would be inappropriate to comment”.
In 2015, then NSW Liberal Party president Chris Downy resigned to take up a senior executive role with The Star as its general manager, corporate affairs.
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