Who wants to be a billionaire?
James Packer’s name is synonymous with wealth and privilege that many might envy, but the old saying “beware what you wish for” comes to mind (“Saving James”, Oct 6-7). For some reason I have always had a soft spot for James. He was probably pressured from a very early age in terms of the responsibilities such wealth brings. I sincerely hope that he eventually finds peace and, dare I say it, happiness. He has paid dearly for it. Elizabeth Jobson
Tamborine Mountain, Qld
Every day, thousands of Australians desperately juggle their finances to pay for their most basic needs. And here we are, cajoled into sympathy for a man who has no idea what real struggle is like. Every life has its challenges. That Mr Packer’s are lived in luxury makes them no more noble than the struggles of others. Mathew Ashton
St Ives, NSW
I read Damon Kitney’s article with feelings of compassion for Mr Packer. My husband and I ran a company for 22 years until the GFC. We lost our business, our house and our self-esteem. Since that time we have struggled with the rent, food, etc. It is difficult when one wakes in the early hours panicking about how we will live when my husband can no longer work. We wish Mr Packer well – he is blessed to have the support of good friends. Name & address supplied
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