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.