Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Australian Government to consider issues associated with a Casino on Christmas Island

Media Release

SL003/2018

05 October 2018

I announced during my visit to Christmas Island in early October that the Prime Minister has asked me to consult with my Ministerial colleagues and the community on issues associated with a casino on Christmas Island, and to develop a proposal to inform a decision by the Australian Government.

The views of the Christmas Island community, including the business sector, are critical to the development of the proposal.  

I have asked the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities to meet with the community, businesses, religious groups and all other interested stakeholders on Christmas Island between 6 and 9 November 2018. The Administrator, Mrs Natasha Griggs, will provide further details on arrangements shortly.

Consultations will discuss the impact of a casino on the local economy, community and environment, its potential viability, and regulatory arrangements. An Issues Paper will be available to provide background information and support discussions. 

I appreciate that Christmas Island is facing an economic transition over the coming months. The Australian Government is committed to Christmas Island and to work in partnership with you during this transition.

Hon Sussan Ley MP
5 October 2018