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Packer’s Sydney arts donation a lay-down misere

Daily Review journalist Ben Neutze says James Packer’s major arts donation — in exchange for approval for his Sydney casino — raises questions around the meaning and funding of culture in Australia.

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America, a land largely free of pokies — but that’s changing

Unlike Australia, the United States has largely been sheltered from the pervasive gambling industry. But that’s changing, and Americans are asking if it’s for the worse.

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Hey Australia, do you really want Packer’s casino to define Sydney?

Journalist and author Jonathan Englert says Australia should think twice before making James Packer’s new casino the face of Australia.

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Let the chips fall where they may: mapping Packer’s empire

James Packer won big when Crown was granted a gaming licence for a facility at Barangaroo, but as Crikey’s map of the company’s international portfolio shows, there’s plenty more where that came from.

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Memo to Packer: how Singapore casinos keep riff-raff out

James Packer says we’re not doing enough to attract Asian gamblers away from Singapore’s new casinos. Maybe he should follow the island state’s lead in keeping the locals out.

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Media cuddles up to Packer with few hard questions

James Packer is getting a dream run from the media on his plans for a Sydney casino. Why isn’t anyone asking harder questions about his strategy?

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‘Fuck, this must be a good business’: Packer on casinos, Kerry

James Packer has won over NSW politicians with his plan for a massive new casino and hotel development in Sydney. Last night he was sharing more of himself than ever.

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For sheer audacity, nothing surpasses Packer’s casino play

For sheer audacity, nothing compares with James Packer’s extraordinary decision to requisition an EGM of Echo Entertainment group shareholders to remove John Story and install his old mate Jeff Kennett.

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With Karl, James Packer showed he has his swagger back

James Packer showed us last night in a very positive interview on 60 Minutes that perhaps a direct media stake is unnecessary.

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Did Joe Hockey and Barry O’Farrell watch Packer on 60 Minutes?

The first time I met Joe Hockey was 19 years ago in the back of a cab from Sydney Airport with my then boss, Victorian treasurer Alan Stockdale. Joe was working for NSW Premier John Fahey and we were packed into the cab like sardines listening to the big guy rattle off all the things […]

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Mayne: Packer’s ill timed donation to Bob comes back to bite

While young Packer appears to have moved away from Scientology since his father’s death in late 2005, the puzzling ebbs and flows of his political associations are a little harder to fathom — Bob Katter being the latest.

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Bartholomeusz: Packer Echoes a Stokes strategy

There’s a lot of confusion over the technicalities of James Packer’s disclosure that he has an interest in Echo Entertainment but little about his intent.

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Mayne: after 20 year attempt, Packer launches another Sydney casino push

Three generations of the Packer family have enjoyed their status as influential media, business and gambling players in Sydney.

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Last Bets: the campaign to lure more tourists to our tables

Forget Oprah — she was so 2010 — the big buzz word in tourism is now gamblers. The bigger the better. And the big high rollers are in Asia. James Packer and other Australia casino operators want a piece.

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Siberian Las Vegas?

The Kremlin is shutting down casinos across Russia, leaving thousands unemployed and giving proprietors one option: relocation to the furthest reaches of the republic, such as Siberia.

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Packer’s bumpy ride continues

It’s been a tough few weeks for Australia’s second richest man, James Packer, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Melbourne: international cautionary tale of vice

New British PM Gordon Brown has issued a cautionary tale to justify his decision to nix plans for a super casino. He’s cited one fine city whose culture and law and order has been devastated by open slather gambling. The city in question? Melbourne, reports Guy Rundle.

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