govt to release casino plan assessment - 14th January
consultant's report on James Packer's proposed $1
billion Barangaroo development will remain confidential,
but the public will get to see a separate independent
assessment of Mr Packer's plan, the NSW government
commissioned a report by consultant Deloitte into
Mr Packer's Crown Limited proposal, including whether
a casino is necessary for its financial viability.
report was completed last year but is yet to be released.
Greens have accused NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell of
hiding the document from the public while "rolling
out the red carpet" to Mr Packer for his planned
premier Andrew Stoner told reporters on Monday the
report was cabinet-in-confidence so would not be released.
wanted to see that some of the economic data in particular
was robust," Mr Stoner told reporters on Monday.
have some sensitive commercial information that was
cabinet-in-confidence, and that's why that particular
report has not been released."
he said the government had appointed former Future
Fund chairman David Murray to chair an independent
assessment panel reviewing Crown's proposal.
Stoner said when the assessment process was completed,
the information would be made public.
Stoner said the government was committed to transparency
throughout the process.
Murray needs to be convinced that the proposal is
in the best interests of the taxpayers of NSW for
that to proceed," he said.
Kaye said the decision to "hide" the Deloitte
report raised questions about the project and its
community is being denied access to crucial information
about the proposal," he said.