Opposition mounts against James Packer’s casino project

Opposition is mounting in Sri Lanka against James Packer’s plans for a $400 million casino on the island, with the main opposition party calling on police to take action against the Australian tycoon because the planned project has no proper license. Harsha de Silva, a lawmaker for the main opposition United National Party, called for the project to be located offshore rather than in the heart of Colombo and criticised the government’s promise of extremely low taxation for a decade on Packer’s investment. A bill to approve the casino project has been delayed by at least a month following dissent among members of the ruling coalition.