July 3, 2017
Crown should have known that its China venture was going to attract the wrong sort of attention. But can James Packer bring Crown back from the disaster?
June 27, 2017
Good morning, early birds. Conservative Liberals are not thrilled with Christopher Pyne's assurances on marriage equality, Crown employees to be freed from Chinese prison within months, and Trump finally (sorta) gets his travel ban. It's the news you need to know, by Cassidy Knowlton and Max Chalmers.
June 26, 2017 3
Good morning, early birds, and happy Eid al-Fitr for those celebrating. Christopher Pyne has said marriage equality could become law "sooner than everyone thinks", Crown employees will face court in China, and it turns out you can put a price on the Great Barrier Reef. It's the news you need to know, by Cassidy Knowlton and Max Chalmers.
February 10, 2017 5
There are still 17 Crown employees languishing in Chinese detention centres. Is James Packer really doing all he can to get them back?
November 23, 2016 4
Gambling is illegal in China. So is taking groups of 10 or more to offshore casinos for the purpose of gambling. None of this is new -- so why was Crown so ostentatious about buying huge jets to do just that?
November 9, 2015 1
Channel Nine heaped praise on James Packer's new Macau casino. But who paid for journalist Ross Greenwood's trip?
October 22, 2015
It was a lively AGM at Crown, but they were not keen on discussing pokies addiction.
September 15, 2014 1
There are many oddities buried in Crown's annual report, such as John Alexander's role on the board and why Andrew Demetriou is not up for election.
October 22, 2013 1
Remember the rumours that Business Spectator and The Australian are set to share digs? It's been kiboshed -- apparently The Oz doesn't like it. Plus other media tidbits.
July 5, 2013 11
The market loves the deal to give James Packer's Crown a new casino licence in Sydney. But NSW taxpayers aren't on as safe a bet as they think they are.
May 24, 2013 1
James Packer courted rival casino group Echo Entertainment and ousted its chairman only to sell out yesterday and bet the house on his planned Barangaroo casino development.
October 26, 2012 13
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?
October 26, 2012 1
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.
May 30, 2012 10
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.
May 25, 2011 22
Karl Bitar seems to have made it his life's work to symbolise the decline of the Australian Labor Party. Spinning for Crown says more about the party than the man.
May 25, 2011 1
The fact that Karl Bitar has transitioned seamlessly from running the Labor Party to become lobbyist-in-chief for James Packer's gambling operations is a smack in the face for the integrity of the political system.
September 21, 2010 10
Laboratory tests have revealed that Foster’s super premium $90-a-bottle beer has been found to contain brettanomyces, an unwanted yeast characteristic which an expert has described tastes like a “dry stable”.
October 29, 2009 3
The man who used to like two-minute chairman addresses went on for half-an-hour at yesterday's Crown AGM, boasting of PBL's recent performance and making some pre-emptive attacks against the anti-pokies lobby.
September 1, 2009 1
The numbers are in and it’s now official: 2008-09 was the worst profit season in Australian history. Who would have ever thought 14 different companies could lose more than $1 billion in a single financial year?
August 28, 2009 3
For most of his life, Kerry Packer had a reputation for being a bit of a Midas when it came to investing. Shame his son James Packer didn't inherit the same touch.