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?
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.
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.
There are still 17 Crown employees languishing in Chinese detention centres. Is James Packer really doing all he can to get them back?
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?
Channel Nine heaped praise on James Packer's new Macau casino. But who paid for journalist Ross Greenwood's trip?
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.
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.
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.