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Torch relay to cost in excess of $2 million

By 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
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 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 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 3:14 pm 22 Apr 08

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

Growling Ferret 2:21 pm 22 Apr 08

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

Money well spent in comparison 😉

Thumper 2:12 pm 22 Apr 08

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

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 1:12 pm 22 Apr 08

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

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 11:52 am 22 Apr 08

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

zenpuck 11:34 am 22 Apr 08

Large signs with “Farce” should suffice.

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!

ant 10:22 am 22 Apr 08

Loquaciousness said :

Oh, but I so desperately want to see the next “statement photo”. Imagine: the torch heading up Anzac Parade, with Parliament House in the misty distance, and a whole row of protesters with their backs turned to the flame. Awesomeness!

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

Loquaciousness 10:11 am 22 Apr 08

Oh, but I so desperately want to see the next “statement photo”. Imagine: the torch heading up Anzac Parade, with Parliament House in the misty distance, and a whole row of protesters with their backs turned to the flame. Awesomeness!

Have to agree with the Communist comment though – they obviously haven’t gotten around to putting up that giant picture of Stanhope on the Canberra Theatre yet. Someone will get shot over that!

😛

ant 9:47 am 22 Apr 08

The whole stunt is shaping as a disaster on every level. It’s so utterly pointless! They put this thing on a plane, land in Canberra, run around a few streets, and then get back on the plane again! It’s a stunt to advertise the Olympics, and we are paying for it. Police, all that fencing, terrible disruption to traffic and workplaces. It just doesn’t make sense.

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