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