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Torch relay farce bill gets slapped on the ACT

By johnboy 6 August 2009 24

I think it’s fair to say the Beijing Olympics torch relay was not an event most in the ACT remember fondly.

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is now pointing out that we’re paying for 3/4’s of the deal rather than the promised half.

    In an embarrassing and costly rebuke from Jon Stanhope’s Federal Labor colleagues, the ACT community has been left with three quarters of the over $2 million bill for the Olympic torch relay, Shadow Treasurer, Brendan Smyth, said today.

    “This is another embarrassing snub for the Chief Minister from his Federal Labor counterparts, after they reneged on a deal to pay half of the cost for the Beijing Olympic Torch relay,” Mr Smyth said.

    “Unfortunately for ACT taxpayers, Mr Stanhope’s inability to negotiate a suitable deal has left our already struggling economy further under pressure.

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MrPC 7:30 pm 08 Aug 09

Agreed re the good hyperbole.

China should have been told to shove the torch up their arse when their forces landed in Canberra with the torch. The plane should have been detained for a few hours on the ground for a photo op then sent on its way.

housebound 5:42 pm 08 Aug 09

Maybe so, but good hyperbole.

Spam Box 3:44 pm 08 Aug 09

Granny said :

Torch relay … grrrr … don’t talk to me about the torch relay. It was the first successful invasion of Australian soil by a foreign power in two hundred years. And it was terrifying.

Hyperbole much?

moneypenny2612 9:11 pm 07 Aug 09

Does Brendyn Smyth or his media minder live here?

Check out this para from his press release:

“Despite Mr Stanhope’s continued calls for greater autonomy he has made no progress with Federal Labor. The Federal government still refuses to pay for the Russell car park and the proposed upgrade of Constitutional Avenue and the ACT missed out completely on the Federal road infrastructure money.”

I could be generous and blame the MS Word spell-check. But I won’t.

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