Mr Barton instructed the inquiry he didn’t know that deal was underway when he shared his revenue forecasts, which he did as a part of an association supposed to take care of a “strong relationship” with Mr Packer below a “controlling shareholder protocol”.
Under that settlement, Crown officers may solely share data with Mr Packer if it was within the pursuits of Crown and needed to think about whether or not doing so might be inappropriate or profit others.
Counsel helping the inquiry Adam Bell requested Mr Barton whether or not he ought to have been knowledgeable that CPH was negotiating the share sale so he may determine whether or not sharing that data was applicable. “I would have needed to do an analysis at the time of whether the controlling shareholder protocol would have still been available to us to share that information,” Mr Barton mentioned.
Mr Barton mentioned he didn’t increase the difficulty with Mr Packer or Mr Johnston after he discovered concerning the share sale deal, after it was signed.
Mr Barton, who was elevated to Crown’s chief government in January, on Wednesday assured Commissioner Patricia Bergin that Crown was making adjustments to its due diligence regime and anti-money laundering controls to make sure it is not going to repeat previous failures whether it is allowed to maintain the licence for its new on line casino in Sydney.
He mentioned that the “relationship between revenue and compliance was out of balance” in some elements of Crown’s enterprise, together with Crown’s International VIP division, which had suffered a “lack of leadership” and put mechanisms in place that put “too much focus on profit”.
However, Mr Barton declined to say that final duty for these failures lay with the corporate’s administrators.
The admission is in stark distinction to Crown’s public statements final 12 months that reporting by The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and ABC’s 60 Minutes about Crown’s ties to legal syndicates and abuse by cash launderers – which triggered the general public inquiry – had been a part of a “deceitful campaign” based mostly on “unsubstantiated allegations, exaggerations… and outright falsehoods”.
Mr Barton mentioned Crown didn’t have entry to the identical information that it has now when it made these claims in full-page commercial and ASX-releases signed by its full board of administrators.