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Say no to the 2032 Olympic Games bid

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Stephen Andrew MP
PO Box 56

Total Signatures - 5032

Sponsoring Member: Mr Steve Andrew MP

Posting Date: 31/01/2020

Closing Date: 30/03/2020

Tabled Date: 22/04/2020

Responded By: Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP on 22/05/2020

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

The petition of residents of the State of Queensland draw to the attention of the House that the estimated average cost of hosting an Olympics since 1960 is $12.5 billion.

This is NOT the time for frivolities and political grand-standing, when scarce public funds should be directed towards essential services and long term infrastructure which will provide widespread economic benefits and permanent jobs.     

Ordinary people will benefit very little from hosting the Olympic Games.   The Commonwealth Games left the Gold Coast under-whelmed despite the promises that it would deliver for everyone.

Regional Queensland was disadvantaged once again at the very time of natural disasters and the drought weighing heavily.

State funding should be prioritised towards education and health with a stronger focus on regional infrastructure like water for agriculture and rural communities, delivering basic bitumen roads, and support for volunteer rural fire brigades.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to call on the Palaszczuk Government to review priorities and cancel the 2032 Olympics Bid.