AUSTRALIA

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

License Granted for Casino: A consortium made up of Australian construction and engineering group Leighton Properties Ltd. and U.S. casino group Showboat Inc. has won a hotly contested bid for Sydney's first casino license, beating out a consortium of companies associated with Australian financier Kerry Packer and Las Vegas-based casino operator Circus Circus Enterprises Inc. The winning consortium plans to build a casino overlooking Sydney Harbor to start operations in late 1997.

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