Senator Pauline Hanson voiced her objection to the offer for the 2032 Olympics in Queensland, calling it a waste of complete money that won’t give people in the state what they need most.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced last month that Queensland will pursue hosting rights for the 2032 Games as part of a joint offering in southeast Queensland, with facilities in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.
Brisbane hosted the 1982 Commonwealth Games and the Gold Coast hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2018, but the Olympics are another step forward.
Ms. Hanson said that the budget is so often associated with the host of the Olympics and the fact that Queensland has more pressing problems to deal with such as water supply means that the government should not waste money on the biggest sporting event in the world. .
“The Olympics are estimated to cost around $ 8.9 billion. This has always come up. Can we afford it? No, we can’t,” Hanson said on Channel 9 Today this morning.
“We can’t afford it because we can’t even afford water for Queensland.
“I have municipalities, Stanthorpe, no water. You can’t tell me we can afford to organize the Olympics. “
Today co-host Karl Stefanovic suggested that while it can cost a lot to host the Olympics, the economic benefits that come with it may be reason enough to move forward with an offer.
“This is an opportunity, although it can cost a lot, this is an opportunity to bring millions and potentially billions of dollars out of Australia into our economy,” said Stefanovic.
But Hanson wasn’t buying it, saying the Commonwealth Games in 2018 didn’t have the expected success.
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“It didn’t work. Look at the Commonwealth Games we had in Queensland. They were selling tickets and trying to gift tickets,” said Hanson. “It was a failure for me.
“The companies on the Gold Coast and the people actually complained that they didn’t have the people who came to support their businesses. The locals weren’t happy at all.
“The fact is that we are talking about 12 years on the track. If we have a $ 90 billion debt in Queensland now, we have incompetent governments and have no regard for taxpayers in this state and where the money goes.
“As far as I’m concerned, we don’t need it here in Queensland. I’ve talked to people in the rural and regional areas of Queensland. They don’t want it, they won’t benefit. They are tired of seeing it all go in southeast Queensland.
“It is not fair to the state, it is not fair to people in rural and regional areas.
“I just don’t think it’s fair.”
Stefanovic wondered if Hanson’s anti-Olympic stance was motivated by a vote taking, knowing that his stance would attract One Nation supporters. He denied that it was, saying that he was simply doing what is best for the state and stressing the need to address more pressing concerns.
“Karl, don’t you think I’ve always been honest with people, regardless of whether there are votes,” he replied.
“Did I really say something that I’m looking for where will my grades come from? Come on. Be honest with me? I say it as I see it and I call it that. I’m telling you it’s not fair for Queensland.
“We cannot provide decent health care and (Queensland has) a lack of teachers in rural and regional areas. The roads are absolutely atrocious … and we cannot provide water to the municipalities. They are running out of water.
“I’m sorry, this is more important for me to get these things right and if the state government can’t do it now and the federal government, then what is the sense of putting the Olympics that will cost us $ 12.5 billion?”
Securing Olympic hosting rights is one of the biggest bets in modern sport. Recently, Tokyo 2020 preparations have been overshadowed by public anguish surrounding a budget depletion.
Having initially offered a bid for the 2020 Olympics with modeling a total budget of 700 billion yen ($ 6.5 billion USD), the cost of hosting the event rose to over $ 12.5 billion. dollars. The IOC provides only 1.6 billion USD.
The most recent summer games in Rio de Janeiro have also been an economic disaster for the host country in Brazil. Many facilities used for the 2016 event fell into disrepair or were abandoned, including the swimming and diving center.
Recently, the main stadium, Maracana stadium, was stopped due to a dispute between the IOC and the local government.
According to reports, the host city saw hardly any economic impetus following the Games and the cost of the event made the state of Rio de Janeiro late in paying teachers, hospital workers and government employee pensions.