James Packer appearing in the Crown inquiry (Image: Supplied)

James Packer has forgotten much about his involvement in or influence on the development and operations of the Crown Casino group, of the shares in which he still owns 36% and of which he was chairman for eight years until 2015.

That’s the summary of his evidence to the inquiry being conducted by Patricia Bergin QC into whether Crown should still be considered fit and proper to operate Sydney’s second casino, currently rising up on the western foreshore of the city’s CBD.

The NSW government, which handed Crown its casino licence in 2014 in an opaque, behind-closed-doors process so deeply venal that words fail to describe it, was forced into this inquiry with all the enthusiasm of a three-year-old eating greens.