Brisbane opens casino talks
To add a casino or to not add a casino is an "essential" question for Brisbane's redevelopment - and Queensland's deputy premier is seeking to meet anyone who can help answer it.
Jeff Seeney said the government had made no decisions "at all" about the redevelopment of the city's government precinct, or whether Brisbane would be a one or two-casino town, despite both the James Packer-backed Crown and Echo stepping up their campaigns through the media.
"The casino operators have no need to be taking shots at each other in the public, in the media as we have seen," he said. He said meeting with executives from the rival groups - on the back of their bitter battle for Sydney and without having appointed a probity adviser or even having decided whether or not the inner-city redevelopment would have room for their business - was "appropriate".
Mr Seeney has written to Crown and Echo to ask for meetings, to discuss a potential second casino licence in Brisbane.
The first of those meetings was with Echo representatives earlier this week.
"It was a preliminary meeting about what sort of development would be possible, what would be appropriate for the government precinct," Mr Seeney said.