Skip to content Skip to main navigation

News

Get a new bike from $50 per week

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.


What’s Your opinion?


Please login to post your comments, or connect with
23 Responses to
Torch relay to cost in excess of $2 million
Filter
Showing only Website comments
Order
Newest to Oldest
Oldest to Newst
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 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 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!

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2018 Region Group Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.
the-riotact.com | aboutregional.com.au | b2bmagazine.com.au | thisiscanberra.com

Search across the site