Tuesday 16. February, 2016

Star Entertainment Weighs in on Sydney’s Lockout Law Debate

The Chief executive of The Star Entertainment Group, Matt Bekier, has weighed into the controversy over Sydney’s lockout laws, stating that the laws should not apply to Star Casino, given its standing as an International tourist destination.

The laws, which recently came into effect, include a 1:30am lockout and 3am last drinks and were introduced in an effort to stem alcohol-induced violence. However, there has been a significant backlash against the laws with claims that they are killing Sydney’s inner-city nightlife.

The laws apply to the CBD and Kings Cross and did not include The Star, but with calls to extend them to Pyrmont, the casino may be affected. Commenting on the possibility of the casino being subjected to the lockout laws Bekier said that “would make no sense at all.”

“If you look at our statistics, even the fact that we have 11 million people [visitors], we are one of the safest venues in the world.”

“We are an international tourism destination and that needs to be recognised.”

Bekier insisted that the lockout laws, as they are currently, have not benefited The Star.

“If you look at our results, we have a significant uptake in our gaming results,” he explained. “If you look at who is impacted by the lockouts it is a very different crowd of people.”

He claimed that The Star is a particularly secured environment with the casino employing hundreds of security guards and making use of around 2,500 digital cameras to ensure safety on the premises.

With the Queensland Government looking to introduce lockout laws like in NSW, Bekier said he was unsure of The Star Entertainment Group’s policy position on their introduction in Queensland. The group owns Brisbane’s Treasury Casino and the Gold Coast’s Jupiter’s Casino.

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