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Buswell rules out asking  Packer for  stadium funds
An artist's impression of how the Perth Stadium could look.

The WA Government has ruled out tapping James Packer for funds towards a new $900 million stadium neighbouring his Crown Perth casino.

The Government said yesterday the stadium was expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 football season, with early site works anticipated to begin by mid-2013.

It will be owned by the WA government, with the State directly funding most of the design and construction costs.

The Opposition says Mr Packer should contribute funds to the stadium and surrounding precinct, given the 60,000-seat venue will lure customers to his casino complex, which is being expanded.

But WA Transport Minister Troy Buswell has ruled that out, labelling the opposition's suggestion "preposterous".

"The Premier (Colin Barnett) has got a very, very firm view of that ... and I support it," Mr Buswell told ABC radio today.

"It's just not appropriate for the Government effectively to try and extort money out of the casino up the road.

"We're going to build a facility that will be owned by the people of WA for the people of WA, and there's a whole lot of people who are going to benefit from that."

Getting the Australian Football League and Federal Government to chip in was "a work in progress", he said.

"The Premier has corresponded with both the AFL and the Federal Government.

"I think I heard him say yesterday he's open to get at least $100 million from the Commonwealth.

"The Commonwealth has been very generous supporting other stadiums around Australia."

Shares in Crown closed steady at $8.99.

The West Australian

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