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Has Crown found a way, finally, to offend even the politicians it has spent so much money purchasing the acquiescence of in recent years?

Crown has traversed a path familiar to watchers of industries where user-friendly, pro-corporate regulation bought by political influence and large donations has resulted in abuses so extraordinary that politicians have been forced to reregulate them.

The big banks, energy companies and the aged care sector have ended up facing royal commissions or dramatic reregulation after their systematic abuses of lax regulatory frameworks came back to bite them. Then it was Crown's turn as it faced a major inquiry in NSW -- the one state where it had failed to butter up politicians with donations -- followed by a Victorian royal commission.