Monday, 7 June 2010

Is John Haddad "The One"?

There are similarities between the world promised by the promoters of the More Pokies for Mildura (otherwise known as the Mildura Jewell casino) and the world of The Matrix. Have a look at this trailer for the first installment:

How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?

In his full colour brochure, John Haddad spruicked his casino operation credentials with a letter from The Hon Warwick Smith MP then a minister of the Howard government. Click on the image to read the operations credentials page.From reading this page, one would assume that John Haddad built and operated the Christmas Island casino as managing director of The Federal Hotels Ltd. As Chairman of Casino Management International, he was in some way successful as the administrator of the Christmas Island Casino.

Surely, he would not be spruicking failures or absence of involvement?

Enter the world of The Matrix where everything seems to be not as it should.

In September 2001 and inquiry was held into the tender process followed in the sale of the Christmas Island Casino and Resort by the federal Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories. Click here to read the report. Paragraph 2.4 provides as follows:
"Construction of the resort began in the late 1980s. In 1992, following the failure of negotiations with Federal Hotels, which had held the original contract, (Christmas Island Resort Pty Ltd) sought expressions of interest from other companies to oversee operation of the casino and resort."
The footnote to this paragraph states:
"In 1988-89 CIR entered into an agreement with the Federal Hotels group to operate the resort. During 1992 the three-year contract expired and negotiations began over a new agreement. The two parties were unable to reach a new agreement. Federal Hotels, however, continued to provide technical support while arrangements were made for a new operator of the hotel and casino."
The track record is to expect John Haddad to stick around for three years.

According to a 4 Corners report, the Christmas Island casino was full of controversy. Click here to read a reference to that 4 Corners report.

Given that John Haddad spruicks his appointment as administrator, one would expect the reality that he did a fab job. This does not seem to be the case. News reports from July 2009, indicate that the casino has been closed for more than 10 years. The buildings have fallen into disrepair and that it may now be used to deal with the influx of asylum seekers. Click here to read the 2 July 2009 report in The Age.

It seems that the 'real world' of John Haddad's casino management, based upon Christmas Island, is for irreconcilable differences to develop after 3 years, questionable foreign involvement, and eventual closure leaving deteriorating buildings.

Quite different from the 'dream world' John Haddad is seeking to impose upon the people of Mildura.

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