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Dec 10, 2012

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Scoop: Packer's mate backs his casino bid. As Crikey has repo

Scoop: Packer’s mate backs his casino bid. As Crikey has reported previously, James Packer has been getting a dream run in the media for his plans to build a $1 billion luxury hotel/casino at Barangaroo. The Australian Financial Review ups the ante today by trumpeting an “exclusive” interview with Lawrence Ho, the co-chairman of Melco Crown — a joint venture with James Packer.

Remarkably, Ho supports his business partner’s Barangaroo plans, saying a harbour-side casino is likely to appeal to Chinese tourists. Readers who make it to the end of the article discover that reporter Nabila Ahmed stayed at Crown Towers Macau courtesy of Melco Crown. — Matthew Knott

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