Please - lay off casinos and be kinder to James Packer
James Packer has clearly decided that attack is the best form of defence in aiming a strident up-yours at critics of casinos - which he of the diminishing billions billed today as the unsung heroes of job creation, urban renewal, skills training and government assistance.
“Next time you read an unbalanced story about your casinos and their impact on the community, stop and think about the other side of the story,’’ the Crown chairman said at today’s AGM in Melbourne.
“The one that rarely gets reported. That is, of the contribution Crown makes to tourism, to employment, to training, to urban development, to community partnerships and to government revenues. Contributions that make us fundamentally different to many pubs and clubs.”
It will be interesting to see what the punters - the literal punters and the metaphorical ones - make of his call to go easy on these hitherto unsung heroes of the community. Especially with the brewing stink on the horizon over the Productivity Commission’s proposed overhaul of gaming laws, to which Kevin Rudd is favourably disposed.
Let us know what you think.
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