House debates

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Statements by Members

Queensland: Olympic and Paralympic Games

1:45 pm

Photo of Milton DickMilton Dick (Oxley, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Today is an exciting day to be a Queenslander. At 2 am this morning, Queensland time, the International Olympic Committee's Future Host Summer Commission designated Brisbane as the preferred host for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic games, a decision that was endorsed unanimously by the IOC's executive board. This brings us one step closer to a history-making Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games. Australian athletes have historically achieved their best Olympics results at Australian games, but this isn't just a win for them; it's a win for Queensland. The Queensland state government's analysis has shown that a 2032 Olympics could turbocharge our economy, with tourism, new jobs and infrastructure projects right across the state. It's thanks to the strong leadership of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk through the COVID-19 pandemic that the Sunshine State was able to host some of the biggest sporting events happening anywhere in the world in 2020, and a 2032 Olympic Games on Australian soil will boost confidence right across the globe that our country is the new international travel destination—safe, exciting and ready to welcome visitors with open arms. We haven't crossed the finish-line yet, but I'm proud to say that Brisbane is going for gold in 2032.