Packer - Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest Indigenous
Employment Tag Team, by Greg Tingle - 6th July 2011
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Casino - Forrest Mining Indigenous Employment Tag
Packer, Australian casino king is employing hundreds
of Indigenous Australians in his casinos, with plans
to employ thousands, following the lead of his mate,
mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest.
continues to lay on the praise to Andrew Forrest for
his considerable efforts and results in improving
the lives of Indigenous Australians, namely via sustainable
employment opportunities, education and training.
word "hero" has even been used by JP when
was the sight for a Generation One get together and
talk fest yesterday where it was formally announced
that Packer's casinos would aim to employ 2000 indigenous
Australians by 2021.
all part of Packer's backing for Forrest's Australian
Employment Covenant. Forrest's vision, shared by mate
Packer, is to create 50,000 indigenous jobs. Packer
went on record that indigenous employees had "significantly
strengthened" his Crown and Burswood casinos
in Melbourne and Perth.
are committed to continuing our work in this area".
recent experience with employing indigenous Australians
at Crown and Burswood has shown they significantly
strengthen our businesses."
Limited was one of the very first signatories to Forrest's
Employment Covenant. Forrest recently declared business
had committed to employing 50,000 indigenous workers.
It's understood that about 4000 people had scored
jobs under the scheme thus far, so there's clearly
more work to be done, and Forrest and Twiggy are focused
on the goal, as are many of their business associates.
Yes, our Media Man makes no secret of supporting Generation
One either, with generous news media coverage and
resources being generated on the initiative since
their humble beginnings.
advised yesterday there needed to be greater effort
put into training indigenous workers so they were
know Australian employers want to employ indigenous
Australians, but now we must ensure that the right
training is available for indigenous people to be
able to take up the amazing array of employment opportunities
on offer through the 50,000 committed jobs,"
spokesperson said "It's no secret that there's
significant resources and lucrative profits in both
the mining and gambling industry and its great that
Mr Packer and Mr Forrest are putting their resources
and unique positions of opportunity to good use. It
would be easy for them to do nothing, but they are
pro active in getting Indigenous Australians back
to work. It makes business sense and it also comes
from the right place. We think they are both heroes."
Fake Gaming Chips Spotted At Crown Casino...
Crown casino has snatched from the gaming floor its
$500 gaming chips after more than $100,000 in counterfeit
chips were seized at Melbourne airport. It is believed
federal police are investigating whether an international
counterfeiting ring is involved. Police found $103,500
in fake $500 Crown chips hidden in the luggage and
clothing of an Australian bloke, aged 30, when his
person was searched on June 23. The man, who arrived
on a flight from Guangzhou, China, is yet to be charged
with any offence as we go to press. Crown Casino powers
that be are checking its stock of $500 chips to ensure
the integrity of the tokens. Crown spokesman Gary
O'Neill said the process of checking all the chips
would take several days. "We were alerted by
the AFP. The man had the chips and when we checked
them we confirmed they were counterfeit," he
NRL Joins In Pokies Fight...
Australian government and National Rugby League traded
insults Monday over the allocation of poker-machine
profits to lift rugby league clubs. Families Minister
Jenny Macklin accused NRL clubs of being funded by
"family misery" and "pokie addicts"
and called on parents to refuse to tolerate it any
longer. The government has been forced to introduce
a mandatory pre-commitment cap for poker-machine players,
or independent MP Andrew Wilkie will pull his support
and the minority government will collapse. The move
has been met with strong opposition by clubs and pubs
and the NRL has now joined the campaign to block the
move, warning it will hurt teams funded by clubs.
NRL chief executive David Gallop compared it yesterday
with the Melbourne Cup being subject to pre-commitment
bets or caps on drinking. Ms Macklin fired back, saying
footy teams were being funded by problem gambling
and it must stop immediately. "No parent would
support having another family's misery pay for their
footy team," she told The Daily Telegraph. "We
don't stand at the sidelines and watch our kids tackle
high. And we shouldn't stand by and let pokie addicts
pay for NRL clubs. That's not fair play." Ms
Macklin has formally written to Mr Gallop saying the
government is "disappointed" by the move.
Mr Gallop said the move could cause real damage to
football, and there was no solid evidence it would
stop problem gambling. "Our leagues clubs were
set up to support our game and our clubs are genuinely
concerned at the ramifications of these changes both
for NRL and junior rugby league clubs," he said.
"Kids get to play our game because of the subsidies
provided by leagues clubs. "The comments reflect
that this is a highly political issue for the government
but that should not stop people looking at the potential
damage this may cause and that there's real doubt
about whether the changes will work." Anti-pokies
campaigners, and one may argue, "haters",
Nick Xenophon and Tim Costello accused the NRL of
"perpetuating lies" by supporting a campaign
against gambling caps. They accused the NRL of "shocking"
behaviour. Media Man spot surveys conducted over the
past few years have shown that 7 out of 10 Australians
are "not against gambling" but are away
that "a small amount of people develop gambling
Stadium To Be Built Next Door To Perth's Burswood
Packer's Burswood casino in Perth will reap massive
benefits from a final decision by the Barnett government
to build the state's new football stadium on its doorstep.
Premier Colin Barnett yesterday defied the recommendations
of a taskforce to announce the $700 million multi-purpose
stadium would be built at Burswood on the banks of
the Swan River. He said another $300m would be spent
upgrading infrastructure to improve access to the
site, which is a brief walk from the casino. That
includes a new pedestrian bridge over the Swan to
link the CBD to the area so people can walk to the
stadium, a new four-platform rail station, possible
ferry access and road realignments. The Premier conceded
the plan would benefit the casino, which is midway
through a $500m upgrade, including installing hundreds
more gaming machines after an agreement last year
to pay the government a $20m fee and higher taxes
in return for the expansion. Barnett said he had not
discussed the stadium with Packer, except in a brief
"casual" conversation when he told him it
was the favoured site and likely to be built there.
"He (Mr Packer) said, 'That will be good', and
that was about it'," the Premier said. Construction
of the new 60,000-seat football stadium will not begin
for several years, and is not expected to be finished
until early 2018. Barnett said the facility would
be world-class and become the centrepiece of a new
entertainment precinct. It would also cater for concerts
and other sports. A spokesperson for Burswood said
the group had not been asked for any financial investment
in the relocation and construction of the stadium.
Barnett pointed to the state's scandal-plagued WA
Inc era as the reason for not asking Crown to contribute.
"I . . . have a very long memory of the scandals
in West Australian politics, and you don't mix business
with public investment," he said. But Labor spokesman
Roger Cook criticised the project, and said it was
"a triumph for Colin Barnett's arrogance".
"I think it would be extraordinary that the government
would put a major piece of social infrastructure,
upgrade all the road and rail infrastructure in the
area, without approaching the casino for a contribution"
towards the cost," he said.
Gambling Review Goes Ahead...
last main link in the chain to online sports betting
in Australia - betting during a match...could soon
be lifted and deliver lucrative royalties to major
sporting codes under changes being considered by the
Australian government. Australia's major sports bodies,
including the NRL, AFL, tennis and cricket, are lobbying
hard to end the online in-play betting ban and the
Gillard government has agreed to review the law. The
move comes just 12 months after the government rejected
a recommendation by the Productivity Commission to
allow the "liberalisation of online gambling",
and amid growing community concern about the link
between gambling and sport. The Department of Broadband,
Communications and the Digital Economy has been instructed
to review Australia's online gambling laws and in-play
betting is expected to be a key focus. Australia's
major sports are calling for online gambling laws
to be eased. ''Australia is the only jurisdiction
in the world that allows online wagering on sport
but at the same time prevents punters from using the
internet to place in-play bets,'' a recent anti-corruption
report adopted by major sports bosses said. ''The
prohibition on in-play betting limits the funding
opportunities available to Australia's sports. On
international soccer markets
about 75 per cent
of bets are made in-play, while for tennis about 90
per cent.'' The Australian Crime Commission has warned
online gambling ''is an identified money laundering
risk and increasingly is also acknowledged as a risk
for revenue and taxation fraud''. In a submission
released by a federal parliamentary committee also
considering online gambling, the commission also warned
''Australia's criminal networks are able to identify
and exploit opportunities for profit'' and ''this
makes professional sport an attractive target''. ''It
is well established that horse racing in Australia
has been infiltrated by organised crime, with significant
amounts of money being laundered through the horse
racing industry,'' it found. ''This is occurring despite
significant resources being devoted to monitoring
the integrity of racing.'' The report found the integrity
of professional sports had been compromised internationally,
mafia and the fixing of soccer matches in Series A.
European criminal groups fixing soccer matches.
organised criminal groups in soccer and ice hockey.
organised crime or triads in large scale illegal gambling
and match fixing of soccer throughout south-east Asia.
commission said "the use of online gambling to
facilitate criminal activity, predominantly money
laundering, is a key vulnerability". A spokesman
for Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy,
said Australia's interactive gambling laws had not
been reviewed since 2005. "Given this and the
rapid changes in technology, the government felt it
was time for a comprehensive look at the effectiveness
of the legislation."
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