Who wants to be a bil­lion­aire?

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Front Page -

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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