Three men paid to run a shut casino

2/11/2001 ( THREE men are paid a total of $70,000 a year to administer a casino that closed in 1998.

The three Australian directors of the Christmas Island Casino Surveillance Authority continue to be paid taxpayers, despite having no casino to govern.

Meanwhile, according to the Federal Opposition, 350 former casino workers are still waiting to be paid their entitlements.

The authority’s annual report for 1999-

2000, compiled at a cost of more than $1000, confirms the directors have not met for nearly two years.

The Opposition has labelled the board’s existence shameful.

“It is a scandalous waste of public money, particularly when you’ve got 350 former casino workers who have not been paid their entitlements,” Opposition territories spokeswoman Senator Sue Mackay said.

“This is an example of complete incompetence the Minister; the fact is, the CSA has been allowed to exist and $70,000 a year has been misused.”

Senator Mackay called for the board to be suspended and an investigation ordered into why it was allowed to continue receiving money for two years.

Board chairman Rodney Chapman is paid $32,600 a year.

Fellow board member Barry Sargeant told The Sunday Telegraph: “We don’t know where he is; I’ve been trying to get hold of him for a couple of months. I think he’s on holidays.”

Another board member, former ACT public service head Bill Harris, said Mr Chapman travelled the world doing consultancy work.

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