Commonwealth Games’ organisers in crisis mode

6 Jan 2016 12:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

The Commonwealth Games’ opening and closing ceremonies remain mired in uncertainty, after organisers postponed their response to controversy surrounding the awarding of a US-owned company to produce and deliver the event's opening and closing ceremonies.

Acting Opposition Leader and Shadow Commonwealth Games Minister John-Paul Langbroek said this latest move further proved the organisers were in crisis mode and the Palaszczuk Labor Government was doing nothing about it.


“Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her ministers have been more than happy to crow about the Games and pose for happy snaps, but we’ve hardly heard a peep from them about the tender scandal,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Minister Stirling Hinchliffe initially refused to review the process and only announced a probity audit after coming under further pressure when more detail about the flawed tender process came to light. 


“From day one, Labor hasn’t treated the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games portfolio with the importance it deserves, tacking it on to a mega portfolio under Kate Jones who clearly palmed it off to bureaucrats to manage.


“Mr Hinchliffe is now in charge and instead of being accountable, he is blaming others and ducking the hard questions.”


Mr Langbroek said he feared that the administrative failures of the management of the Commonwealth Games ran deeper and they could jeopardise the overall success of the Games. 


“This saga has all the hallmarks of previous administrative failures under Labor Governments past,” he said.


“That’s why I have written to the state’s independent Auditor General, asking him to consider looking into the tender process for the opening and closing ceremonies.


“Mr Hinchliffe said he didn’t need my advice about tender processes, so perhaps he could contact his former colleagues who oversaw the health payroll bungle, desalination plant and hospital blow outs, to help him understand what happens when you don’t address these kinds of administration problems early on.


“The Commonwealth Games in 2018 will put the Gold Coast on the international stage and we cannot afford for Labor to bungle it.


“While Labor’s inexperience and incompetence continues to hold Queensland back, only the LNP can be trusted to deliver projects to create jobs and unleash our state’s true potential.”

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