At the end of 2013, the NSW government gave approval for James Packer's Crown Resorts to operate Sydney's second casino at Barangaroo in central Sydney from 2019. The approval was given without community consultation and by-passed normal planning processes. Wendy Bacon and Lawrence Bull investigated the planning process, Packer's business claims and his team of political and business backers.
Casino gift turns nightmare
Stokes gives Star casino go ahead while Packer investigation begins
What did Sinodinos, Packer and O'Farrell chat about at Rockpools? Kaye hits a nerve
For a party that was swept to power on a platform of anti corruption and transparency, the NSW Liberal Party is looking very grubby today.
Packer and Sinodinos - an intriguing Rockpool lunch
There's a small issue that has been niggling at me all week. It's about Sinodinos and Packer.
Packer Wins A PR Coup
If James Packer urging Sydneysiders to back his casino plan is 'news', then that's news to Wendy Bacon. She asked senior journalists at the SMH what they thought of Packer's journalistic debut.
Packer's Casino Present
In late October, New Matilda began our series on James Packer's proposal for a new casino in Sydney. I worked on this series with Lawrence Bull.
Economists question Packer's promised bonanza for NSW
This week, New Matilda continued our series on Packer's proposal for a hotel with casino at Barangaroo South on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Lawrence Bull asked two economists what they thought of James Packer's claim that his casino would deliver $400 million to NSW and they raised lots of questions:
NSW has laws to control casino industry but Premier O'Farrell wants to cut free
Today, New Matilda published another story in our series on James Packer casino deal. This one explains how casino regulation works in NSW and how O'Farrell's plan to "get on with it" removes a lot of safeguards put in place to protect NSW against organised crime and corrupt influences which have a history targetting casinos.
Red Tape Cut For Packer
Tough laws regulate gambling in NSW - and they're about to be bypassed to help James Packer build his casino. The independence of casino regulation is being challenged. Wendy Bacon reports.
The Casino Macquarie St Wants
Packer makes his Sydney casino proposal seem inevitable with strong support from LNP Premier O'Farrell and Treasurer Mike Baird, urged on by NSW Labor
The Questions O'Farrell Won't Answer
New Matilda had some questions for NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell about James Packer's casino plans. We got a reply from his office - but no real answers. Here’s our exchange with the Premier’s office.
Who Is On Team Packer?
No businessman in Australia can rival James Packer's political and business connections. This is a summary of Team Packer in 2012
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