Did you vote to expand Crown Casino by 43 percent? To increase their permitted number of tables from 350 to 500? You did if you voted for the Labor, Liberal or National parties at the last Victorian election.
Baillieu and O’Brien, for their part, spent months criticising aspects of Labor’s ”secret deal” with Crown.
They were particularly energised when it was revealed Packer had written to and telephoned Brumby and Treasurer John Lenders weeks before the Government announced the deal. ”All it took were two phone calls from James Packer – one to the Premier, one to the Treasurer – and all of a sudden the deal could be concluded very happily,” O’Brien told Parliament. ”Is that not extraordinary?”
Yet Baillieu and O’Brien subsequently agreed to support the legislation – after a private meeting with Packer at Crown’s request in Baillieu’s office!
The only people who opposed this bill in the upper house were the three Greens (and one DLP) MLCs.
So no Jamie friendship for them. They’ll just have to console themselves with my vote instead. Serves them right.