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Star Casino not hiding violence: review

AAP logoAAP 23/11/2016

Staff at The Star Casino are not hiding assaults from authorities, a government review has found.

Leaked Department of Justice documents suggested staff may have started under-reporting about 67 per cent of violent assaults following the implementation of the lockout laws.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics has reviewed the rate of staff versus public reporting of the 278 reported assaults at the venue in the two years before and after the controversial laws were introduced, and found there has been no change.

This suggests that there has been no change in staff reporting practices, the bureau said on Thursday.

The rate of staff reports of assault increased slightly from 56.5 to 60 per cent in that time, the report showed.

Police reporting of assaults at the Pyrmont casino jumped from zero to almost one-in-10 assaults after the lockout laws were put in place, the report also found.

This may be due to an on-site police presence during which they patrolled in or around The Star between February and September 2015.

The report also found more than seven per cent of victims were taxi drivers, nearly two thirds were patrons and about 20 per cent were security guards.

The casino has welcomed the report.

"The Star maintained from the outset that allegations of under-reporting were baseless and ill-founded," a spokesman for The Star Entertainment Group said.

"We are pleased our position has now been validated by the BOCSAR report."

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