Torch relay to cost in excess of $2 million

Thumper 22 April 2008 23

The SMH has this piece on the torch relay and states that the cost for holding this event is now over $2 million.

Previous discussion on Riotact has tended towards the torch relay being cancelled, however, Mr Stanhope has stubbornly continued on with his pro chinese rhetoric.

How does the reader feel knowing that we , the ACT taxpayer, is now to pay this amount?

And secondly, from the article it seems our beloved Chinese goons will be all over this, despite calming words from Mr Rudd and Mr Stanhope who previously categorically denied that the Chinese paramilitary police, err, sorry, attendants, would be allowed to be involved.

“A so-called flame attendant will trail the torchbearer, riding pillion on an ACT police motorbike, says ACT chief commissioner John Stanhope. Another blue-tracksuited heavy would go ahead of the flame to prepare future torches for lighting. And another security offcier will run alongside the flame.”

I must admit, Ginninderra drive near Lyneham had a distinct communist feel to it this morning with lovely red flags with Chinese script fluttering off the light posts. I half expected to see a giant mural of Mr Stanhope on one of the buildings in civic when I got in here.

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23 Responses to Torch relay to cost in excess of $2 million
aronde aronde 9:27 am 23 Apr 08

Sammy said :

Let’s not forget that during the 2000 Olympic Torch Relay, Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers escorted the torch as it made it’s way around various south-pacific nations.

They must have been well and truly undercover! All we saw were locals (lots in native dress) with ‘security’ provided by local police officers who pretty much let anything go. The mad crush at the waterfront when the torch arrived by canoe was a sight to behold!

Sammy Sammy 9:11 am 23 Apr 08

Let’s not forget that during the 2000 Olympic Torch Relay, Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers escorted the torch as it made it’s way around various south-pacific nations.

aronde aronde 9:35 pm 22 Apr 08

The Canberra torch relay will be quite different to the last one I witnessed whilst on my honeymoon in Vanuatu in 2000. Given the ‘laid back’ nature of the islanders we could get no accurate info about the route the torch would take but we saw a few of the runners near our hotel so just hung around them for a few hours. Great party atmosphere, got to play with the torch and get some great photos. Turned out we need not have worried about not getting the info on the route or timings as after we saw the relay near our hotel we saw it about three more times that day as they did laps of Port Villa! Ahh for the good old days!

Thumper Thumper 8:44 pm 22 Apr 08

The torch relay is a high point for many Australians in their life and here is a bunch of people turning their back on them

Sadly, I agree with you on this score.

this is why I am against violent or disruptive protests.

Protest yes, but don’t disrupt.

Ghandi showed us that this can work….

Special G Special G 6:10 pm 22 Apr 08

Personally I think people are picking the wrong mark. The torch relay is a high point for many Australians in their life and here is a bunch of people turning their back on them. I hope anyone who wants to protest doesn’t pay any attention to the Olympics as that would be kind of hypocritical.

The Olympics is supposed to be about getting everyone together over a sporting contest to better world relations. With better world relations people can voice their concerns through diplomacy. Any pro-Tibetan who is prepared to jump a torch bearer to further their cause gets all that is coming to them and only increases China’s claim.

Sport has been used on many occasions to better international relations especially between Eastern and Western block countries.

Flame on.

hax hax 4:25 pm 22 Apr 08

Hopefully the travelling protestors/supporters are really hungry and sleepy 😉

astrojax astrojax 4:21 pm 22 Apr 08

um, DW, i meant. [phonetically i’m right…]

astrojax astrojax 4:20 pm 22 Apr 08

two million is pretty cheap global advertising – it’ll be live on cnn and bbc and DV and TV5 and all those other foreign media feeds, all for a pittance. what did the ‘feel the power’ campaign, for instance, cost?

but i like ant’s idea – just all the javelin throwers and putters of the shot should keep the pesky trouble-makers well at bay. and the tai kwon do dudes. who’d fark with them?

anyway, if we’re too strung out over the cost, we can get krudd to send a bill to tibet and have them stump up for it. he’s a smooth talker on the world stage now, surely this wouldn’t be beyond him?

ant ant 3:41 pm 22 Apr 08

Well, it wouldn’t be costing $1 mill if it hadn’t turned into a debacle! It’s all those expensive policemen. Would have been cheaper if we’d grabbed all those AIS athletes, and given them sticks.

RuffnReady RuffnReady 3:35 pm 22 Apr 08

Would everyone be slamming the $1mil if this particular torch relay hadn’t turned into a debacle? I think not.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:22 pm 22 Apr 08

And to think people can drop dead waiting for attention at Accident and Emergency in the ACT.

But I guess giving Deeks another opportunity to re-live his glory days is worth $1mil of ACT Govt money?

Thumper Thumper 3:14 pm 22 Apr 08

Except workchoices no longer exists and the ACT government didn’t chip in half 😉

Growling Ferret Growling Ferret 2:21 pm 22 Apr 08

2 mill? Yep – 1% of the Workchoices Advertising bill.

Money well spent in comparison 😉

Thumper Thumper 2:12 pm 22 Apr 08

It’s still $2 million, no matter what you compare it with.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 1:36 pm 22 Apr 08

How much does it cost to fund the AIS and other elite sporting programs that assist our athletes in preparation for the Olympics?

$2M for the lighter relay is most likely a drop in the ocean.

Thumper Thumper 1:12 pm 22 Apr 08

In fairness to Stanhope, I believe the Feds will pick up half the bill…

RuffnReady RuffnReady 12:39 pm 22 Apr 08

Where do people think the riot will begin? i want to be there to watch the anarchists and Chinese students tear into each other.

RandomGit RandomGit 11:52 am 22 Apr 08

If we don’t get at least one streaker then the Australian Dream is dead.

zenpuck zenpuck 11:34 am 22 Apr 08

Large signs with “Farce” should suffice.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 11:07 am 22 Apr 08

Loquaciousness said :

Better if the protesters turned their backs, dropped their dacks and bent over. Then they could never use the pictures or the footage! Sabotaged.

And if they light their own farts, that’s steal some more glow from the Olympic Flame!

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