Kerry Packer

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Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer AC (17 December, 193726 December, 2005) was an Australian billionaire media magnate. He owned the Nine Network, and is famous for introducing World Series Cricket in 1977, together with a more dynamic form of television coverage. At the time of his death he was the wealthiest man in Australia.


Print Media Inquiry (1991)

Packer was called to appear before the Australian Federal Parliament "Print Media Inquiry" (chairman Michael Lee) in November 1991. The various serves he gave the senators prompted many supportive calls to talkback radio and letters to newpapers the following day.

  • Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer. Reluctantly.
    • When asked to state his full name and the capacity in which he appeared.
  • I am not evading tax in any way, shape or form. Now of course I am minimizing my tax and if anybody in this country doesn't minimize their tax they want their heads read because as a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be donating extra.
    • Transcribed from the in-memoriam 2006 television show The Big Fella: The Extraodinary Life of Kerry Packer
  • I've already given you the answer on this subject, I have told you that I pay whatever tax I am required to pay under the law, not a penny more, not a penny less, and the suggestion that I am trying to evade tax, which is what you're putting forward, I find highly offensive and I don't intend to cooperate with you in the blackening of my character.
    • Transcribed from the in-memoriam 2006 television show The Big Fella: The Extraodinary Life of Kerry Packer


  • Ray Martin: Is it true you would give anything to play sport for Australia?
    Kerry Packer: Anything.
    Martin: What sport?
    Packer: Any sport - Marbles!
Interview on Australian TV

  • I don't want to be left behind. In fact I want to be there before the action starts.
    • His goal for the reporting of news.
  • Come on, we are all harlots - it is all a matter of price. How much do you fellows want?
    • Said to Australian cricketers during negotiations to put together World Series Cricket. Given by Frank Keating in his book Caught by Keating (1979).
  • There is a little bit of the whore in all of us, gentlemen. What is your price?
    • To the Australian Cricket Board in 1976, seeking the right to televise Test matches.
  • From now on it is every man for himself and let the devil take the hindmost.
    • Storming out of a meeting with ICC members at Lord's in 1977.
  • An Alan Bond only happens to you once.
    • After Mr Bond bought the Channel Nine network for $1.05 billion in 1987. Packer bought it back three years later for $300 million.
  • I've been to the other side, and let me tell you son, there's nothing there.
    • In 1990 after his heart stopped while playing polo.
  • He wasn't very lovable but he was bloody efficient.
  • If a working class Englishman saw a bloke drive past in a Rolls-Royce, he'd say to himself 'Come the social revolution and we'll take that away from you, mate'. Whereas if his American counterpart saw a bloke drive past in a Cadillac he'd say 'One day I'm going to own one of those'. To my way of thinking the first attitude is wrong. The latter is right.

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