La­bor man takes a punt

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DANIEL AN­DREWS’ for­mer right-hand man CHRIS

REILLY is an­other ex-La­bor staffer to have rolled the dice in a new job at Crown casino.

Not only is it a new job for Reilly only five weeks out from the state elec­tion, but it’s also a new job for the casino.

It’s un­der­stood the po­si­tion does not in­volve gov­ern­ment re­la­tions or lob­by­ing, which many peo­ple might have thought was odds-on for some­one with Reilly’s con­nec­tions. In­stead, it’s un­der­stood the once key La­bor strate­gist will be con­cerned with “tourism and pol­icy”.

The for­mer me­dia di­rec­tor and key con­fi­dante had emerged as “the fixer” in the gov­ern­ment’s fraught re­la­tions with United Fire­fight­ers Union sec­re­tary PETER MAR­SHALL.

The on-again, odd-again re­la­tion­ship be­tween An­drews and Mar­shall fol­lowed al­le­ga­tions of a secret deal over firefighter sup­port at the last elec­tion. When Reilly sud­denly left An­drews’ side at the end of June it raised eye­brows given his role, but it was ex­plained at the time he was leav­ing for fam­ily rea­sons.

But with Mar­shall back in the head­lines and scru­tiny higher than ever so close to the elec­tion, Reilly might feel he is in a lucky place far away from Spring St.

For­mer La­bor heavy­weights who have also found them­selves ac­com­mo­dated at Crown in­clude one-time ALP na­tional sec­re­tary

KARL BITAR, who found him­self in a plum gig in gov­ern­ment re­la­tions af­ter leav­ing the party. JU­LIA GILLARD’s for­mer sports

min­is­ter MARK ARBIB be­came a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive with JAMES

PACKER’s Con­sol­i­dated Press Hold­ings. For­mer Crown heavy­weight GARY O’NEILL went from KIM BEAZLEY’s ad­viser to Crown spokesman way back in the ’90s. Let the cards fall where they may.

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