The Pickering Post
Wednesday, 19th December 2018

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Renny Carter

Renny Carter, 53, is an old journo and one of the Liberal Party's faceless men, who has opinions on anything and everything in contemporary life.



I'm forgetting ISIS and those Labor-ing bores for a moment today to have a bloody great big whine about the Packer empire. As indeed they are doing in the financial pages of every paper in the country this morning. Well James is - to be exact. 

"The punters are killing us!" he exclaims. In the world of gambling, this is not how it is supposed to be. 

They are supposed to be killing the punters. Indeed - if you win too often at casinos in Vegas- the buggers ban you. They don't like winners. Winning is NOT how it is supposed to be. 

But, this fearless new leader has pulled out of all the print and other industry stuff they used to do -the empire having throttled a Bond or two on the way - and now has all his eggs in the one basket. Gambling. Glittering towers of bad taste bling, full of hopefuls all banging away on machines and tables with no real hope of walking out of there with their fiscal security intact. 

Playing in Casinos is akin to dabbling in hookers. Sooner or later you are going to have to deal with the legacy. 

Now I know that Kerry liked to gamble. The stories are legendary of his wins and losses and tipping where we heard about croupiers and pit bosses having mortgages paid off when Kerry had a good night at their tables.

But - gambling is a dirty business in my book. It wrecks families- businesses - and people. For every big winner- there are 1000 little losers. 

Victoria's prisons are full of people who in a former life were bank tellers or managers and who succumbed to the worth-reducing habit of gambling. They started by misappropriating the odd $50 note to devising complex schemes where they pilfered hundreds of thousands -if not millions- from their employers. Then they lost the lot at Crown or Star and found themselves in THE clink with a whole lot of murderers and rapists. 

A hell of a come-down. Meanwhile their families are blinking in the wake of the disaster that has now descended upon them as the kids get ready to send themselves to school. With no lunch money. See what I mean? 

Well somehow - these blinking punters have somehow gotten good at playing the games that these places offer this year - and have had a lot of wins according to Mister Packer. Which is unheard of apparently. They have learned when to hold 'em - when to fold 'em and when to walk away. With James Packer's millions. And he is not happy. 

How can he relax on his squillion dollar yacht in the Mediterranean this year with people winning his money? The poor bastard! 

Governments are not about to do anything about casinos - with Sydney being the latest to sign up for the latest version of these glittering, money fleecing, gin palaces which we are told is aimed at the Asian high roller.

If you have the dollars- they have the VIP jet and the free penthouse waiting for you. Objective? Separate you from your Oxford Scholars as quickly as possible and send you back from whence you came, freeing up your table and penthouse for the next mug. 

Well, I'm sorry but I still say it is a grubby business. Sure it creates a few jobs-something that Packer likes to rabbit on about - but it loses a lot of people their jobs too.

I have watched at a club I used to belong to - the insidious procession of distraught office workers and public servants trying to figure out how they are going to tell the missus - or more often the husband believe it or not - how they have arrived home on Friday night without any pay.

They shoved it down the throat of a machine that is designed to take the lot by degrees. With promises of life-changing wealth. 

So I don't feel sorry for you Mister Packer. You have had it too good for too long.

As had your dad before you.


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I know what it's like to be controlled by these machines they're a blight on our country!

Now there is someone who should be wearing a burqua. If you are going to wear budgie smugglers, you at least need a fit body to put into them.

He's not pregnant is he?

What a fine figure of a man! In speedos as well! Where's Gyngell?

Many years ago my mother worked as a book keeper at a Licenced Club and she told me something that has stayed with me all my life, if the poker machines were paying too much out they were pulled out of use and rebuilt as they were never meant to be winners, never played the pokies ever since nor gambled, that's why the term Mug Punter was invented!

Nobody forces people at gunpoint into these gambling dens. Anyone dumb enough to beg, steal and borrow to gamble deserves to be punished. Let's not totally absolve people of personal responsibility. Lesson......Gross stupidity will eventually bite you.

That is a very un-nice comment. Why am I giggling?.

OMG look what happens when you end up with everything Bigger, Fatter and Uglier than before please put it away If this is what money does I am glad I am broke.

Sounds a bit like the stock exchange to me.

Gambling isn't the only activity at Casinos - There are many shows to go to. Fine dining AND watching fools and their money parted. We are free here (still) to do whatever we want. Just as James has invested his money in building and owning casinos doesn't make him bad or immoral. Seems a lot of commentary is by those who have tried to get rich quick and lost.

As is said... ' A fool and his money are soon parted.'

Having had dealings with ACP when Kerry was alive and in charge, I know he was a man of honour. Gambling was his pastime, not his living. James' inheritance didn't include honour.

A very unattractive man, lucky he's got money

Woo some v-e-r-y interesting comments. Look - I'm not having a go at the Packers per se- but rather- the fact that they have gotten out of every 'legitimate' business they had and rolled it all into casinos. Casinos are dirty businesses. That's why the underworld 'washes' its cash there. And when a young bank manager steals millions from her employer - (like one of many did) - the casino got the lot. Nobody said - "hang on - how can a 23 year old girl in a bank uniform afford to lose 500 grand at the tables?" They grabbed it with both hands- the proceeds of a crime. Sadly - they don't have to hand it back. Get my point? It's a grubby caper. Sure the Packer's have done good. Look at Ros. But - the family business is now taking it off more mums and dads than high rollers.

My uncle worked for Kerry Packer. A minion KP would never have set eyes on. When he got terminally illa nd had to quit after 15 odd years, mr packer paid off his mortgage and had the house air conditioned for his comfort. He didn't have to do that, he sent word that he wanted my uncle to be comfortable and he didn't want his widow worrying about a mortgage. Nothing public, just a quiet private gesture.

Peter he was his father all over, no doubt ...but that was the way he was brought up with a philandering father was was more of a "bully" than Kerry.

What a lovely pair of "bitch tits" and that belly...his sex life must be almost zero to be like that!!!

What a tragic legacy ... but then what a dreadful old bag she is !

Kerry repeated year 6 [ matric ] so he could get school colours for cricket. Was noted for regularly shagging one of the matrons. I recall he " blooded " James soon after leaving school with a sure thing too. Money talks all languages !

Do you think he's gonna Go-Anna?