The James Packer ALP advisory team of Graham Richardson, Karl Bitar and former Kim Beazley chief-of-staff Gary O’Neill, today have played one of their trump cards in the campaign to head off Andrew Wilkie’s pokies reform agenda.

It came in the form of an exclusive interview granted to The AFR’s leading feature writer Pamela Williams. The front-page treatment led with the claim that Julia Gillard was anti-business but the body of the story detailed a long line of ALP Right heavyweights who have travelled to Crown in Melbourne for an audience with James Packer to hear his complaints.