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  1. Media Conference Brisbane, Australia 7 December, 2020 Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier with John Coates, IOC Vice-President and AOC President. ABC News (Australia) Media Conference
  2. Queensland chases Olympics again after reports China would nab Games Credit: Brisbane Times By Lydia Lynch December 7, 2020 — 11.24am Queensland’s dream to host the 2032 Olympic Games is back on track after being put on ice during the pandemic, as the Premier brushes off reports China was planning to nab the Games. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state’s Olympic taskforce would reconvene in 2021 to progress the bid after it disbanded during the pandemic. Ms Palaszczuk met with Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates in Brisbane on Monday mo
  3. Officials Douse Flames Under Proposed Chinese 2032 Olympic Bid Posted on Nov 30, 2020 9:33 AM by Robert Livingstone in Featured, Future Summer Bids Excitement surrounding a surprise announcement last week from Chinese city Chengdu that sport officials were about to launch a 2032 Olympic bid jointly with neighboring Chongqing has quickly fizzled out. Wei Jizhong, the former secretary general of the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC), downplayed the emerging proposal explaining that the event would be poorly timed and the named locations were too far apart. H
  4. PM hopeful Queensland will restart campaign to host the 2032 Summer Games Brisbane Times By Olivia Caisley and Anthony Galloway November 17, 2020 — 3.27pm Scott Morrison says he is hopeful Queensland will restart its campaign to host the 2032 Summer Games as he reiterated his support for the Australian bid when meeting with International Olympic officials in Japan. The Prime Minister also told business leaders Australia shared Japan's ambition of achieving net-zero emissions but he was focused on "how we get there and how that can be achieved" before he committed
  5. Olympics: Australian PM, IOC chief discuss Brisbane bid Credit/Source: Reuters NOVEMBER 17, 2020 6.17pm TOKYO (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss next year’s postponed Olympics in the Japanese capital and Brisbane’s bid to host the 2032 Games. Morrison and Bach are both in Tokyo this week and used the opportunity to meet, alongside IOC member and Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates. In a video posted on the AOC Twitter page, Coates
  6. Yes the Queensland LNP opposition party did support the bid but with the Government being re-elected, the current Government players in the bid and the onnections already made with the AOC and the IOC prior it being paused will remain the same. It just makes things that much easier with those commitments and plans which have already been outlined in the Queensland Government’s last term. As TorchbearerSydney said also, the new 4-year term of this majority Government well covers the Olympic decision timeframe. The AOC and the IOC will now eagerly be anticipating the re-elected Queen
  7. Labor to clinch government in Queensland election, expected to win required 47 seats as Annastacia Palaszczuk claims third term as Premier 31 October 2020 ABC News Australia By Matt Eaton and James Maasdorp Posted 6hhours ago, updated 15mminutes ago ABC election analyst Antony Green projects Labor will win the required 47 seats to govern in its own right in Queensland as Annastacia Palaszczuk clinches a third term as Premier. Palaszczuk confident she will lead a majority government No fears of a minority government tonight, at least, fr
  8. Queensland's 2032 Olympic dreams remain 'on hold' Credit: Brisbane Times By Lydia Lynch September 15, 2020 — 11.40am Queensland's dream to host the 2032 Olympic Games remains on hold, despite calls from some to ditch the pitch altogether as the state grapples with the economic devastation wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic. In December last year, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk decided the state would go ahead with a bid to host the games in 2032. That was a month before the first COVID-19 case made its way to Queensland and before 234,000 Queenslanders lo
  9. Coates claims foreign relations bill amendment could harm athletes and destroy Brisbane's Olympic bid Credit: InsideTheGames By Michael Pavitt Friday, 16 October 2020 Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) President John Coates has claimed an amendment to the Federal Government’s new foreign relations legislation could make athletes political pawns and "destroy" Brisbane’s bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games. The AOC submitted comments related to the Australian Foreign Relations (State and Territory) Arrangements Bill 2020, with the organisation saying it was particularly inter
  10. Council unveils new fly-through of Kangaroo Pt Bridge Credit: Brisbane Development August 18, 2020 Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has announced the start of the green bridge procurement process, as early works ramp up at Kangaroo Point and Breakfast Creek, and Council kicks off consultation on design of the $257 million projects. “We have fast-tracked these new bridges because they’re major job drivers, which is critical as we climb our way out of the coronavirus economic crisis,” Cr Schrinner said. “Our city has sustained a brutal economic hit this year, but my administra
  11. Queensland stadiums running on empty with 1.6 million fewer bums on seats Credit: Brisbane Times By Lucy Stone October 7, 2020 — 7.53pm Queensland's stadiums welcomed 1.6 million fewer patrons over 2019-20, and recorded a $9 million operating loss in a year of "highs and lows". Stadiums Queensland's annual report, tabled in Parliament last week, noted the cost of managing events rose because of the additional COVID-19 regulations and hygiene requirements, while its expenses rose because of "maintaining large depreciating venues". Across the year, stadiums welcomed 2
  12. Wow, how so special that would have been for you to be there in the Stadium that night! My elderly mother and I were just outside the Stadium Australia on little folding stools in the crowded Olympic Park Live Site. It was a great typical Aussie communal party atmosphere there and we all cheered big time when Juan Antonio proclaimed his Games verdict. Treasured memories. I was so lucky as well to be in the Stadium for the first OC Dress Rehearsal then in the actual OC on 15/9/2000. I hope of course that Queensland can bring the Games down under for the third time in 2032.
  13. How good was it to hear this ....... 20 years ago today, 1 October 2000, Sydney, Australia ❤️❤️
  14. Global push to strip Beijing of Winter Olympics Credit: Sydney Morning Herald By Eryk Bagshaw September 22, 2020 — 5.01am The founder of a global coalition of MPs is pushing for the International Olympic Committee to reconsider Beijing's hosting of the 2022 Winter Games as politicians around the world voice increasing concerns over China's human rights record. The move paves the way for a worldwide alliance between human rights groups and conservative and progressive politicians to force a boycott of the Games. The development also could further threaten the finances of the I
  15. I agree it would have been a nice to have but then who would pay for manual cauldron anniversary lightings and associated mantenance and safety considerations? Unfortunately, it just has to remain a symbolic press-button ignition unless a philanthropic corporate fan or sponsor is willing to pay for such an event, especially during a pandemic.
  16. At Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum when the cauldron has been relit over the years, has anyone actually stood under the archway and directly ignited the pathway to the cauldron? Of course not.
  17. Coates Defends Brisbane’s 2032 Olympic Bid Budget Amid Scathing Independent Report Credit: Gamesbids Posted on Sep 16, 2020 12:52 PM by Robert Livingstone in Featured, Future Summer Bids Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) president John Coates reaffirmed Tuesday that a Brisbane-based bid to host the 2032 Olympic Games would remain cost-neutral and without major risks. Coates, who is also Vice President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), was forced to defend the bid’s budget on the heels of a scathing report from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School that claims
  18. Two Brisbane ferry terminals closer to reality after contract awarded Credit: Brisbane Times By Lucy Stone September 13, 2020 — 9.37pm Brisbane City Council has awarded a $25 million contract to a single supplier to build a ferry terminal at Howard Smith Wharves and upgrade the South Bank ferry terminal. The contract came before council on Tuesday with an amendment to give priority to local fabrication when evaluating the bids as part of council's efforts to support local business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The South Bank ferry terminal upgrade will combine all
  19. Is Brisbane 2032 calling for Swimming Australia boss John Bertrand? Credit: Sydney Morning Herald By Phil Lutton September 11, 2020 — 5.17pm Outgoing Swimming Australia president John Bertrand wants his next move to be one of national significance, opening up the possibility of the America's Cup hero playing a part in Queensland's efforts to host the Olympic Games in 2032. Bertrand will step aside from his role after seven years at the helm of SA, helping oversee its resurgence from the drama of London 2012 to a strong position ahead of next year's rescheduled Games in T
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