Game on: Crown's key to unlocking Queensland

Casino monopolies were thought to be best for cities in terms of taxation, social effects and reinvestment. But Sydney's decision could end the 'one casino' mantra.

The "decisive factor" in the recommendation of the independent steering committee headed by David Murray that James Packer’s Crown Ltd’s application to build a new VIP casino complex in Sydney should be preferred over Echo Entertainment’s continued exclusivity, is one that turns conventional wisdom on its head.

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