I appeared on Brisbane ABC News tonight, commenting on the Queensland Competition Authority’s new report on Queensland Government industry assistance, and the story has been written up on the ABC News website:
As I suggested in yesterday’s post, it is disappointing that the Government has so quickly dismissed the report’s recommendations and will continue to waste money on a wide range of industry assistance programs. This will include the $100 million the Government has committed to the Townsville Super Stadium, despite the clear recommendation from the QCA that:
The Queensland Government should not subsidise stadium infrastructure and services for major sporting and entertainment events.
There is already an existing football stadium in Townsville, 1300SMILES Stadium, as well as the Sports Reserve, which should be sufficient to meet any genuine public needs. The new Townsville Super Stadium will provide a huge commercial benefit to the NRL, which should pay for the whole of the Stadium that it has so vigorously lobbied for.