They don’t often agree on a lot, however Queensland’s crossbenchers this week put their political variations apart to voice their shared considerations about spending on the 2032 Olympic Video games.
“I’m about as enthusiastic about this as getting a vasectomy, standing right here with the Greens, with our pure enemy,” the Katter’s Australian get together MP Nick Dametto advised reporters on Tuesday.
“We’ve come collectively on one matter, which regional Queensland and even Brisbane and Southeast quarter residents will agree [with] – the unfavorable affect of the Olympics goes to have an effect on us all.”
The crossbench – together with members of One Nation, Katter’s Australian get together, the Greens and unbiased MP Sandy Bolton – are calling on the state and federal governments to cap expenditure for the Video games at $7bn.
They’re additionally urging the state authorities to scrap the $2.7bn rebuild of the Gabba stadium, publish an Olympics housing plan and make investments an equal quantity in infrastructure tasks in areas that received’t obtain any Olympics-related spending.
Requested how she felt making a joint announcement with One Nation, the Greens MP Amy MacMahon mentioned the crossbench was “united” on this problem regardless of their huge “political variations”.
“We’re set to lose a state major college … all for a two-week occasion that almost all of individuals in our electorates received’t have the ability to afford to go to,” she mentioned, referring to the East Brisbane state college.
“The proof from Video games proper all over the world is that costs go up, charges go up and other people get actively displaced from their neighbourhoods … we’re seeing gentrification fuelled by the Olympic Video games.”
Bolton mentioned a few of her constituents within the Sunshine Coast had been additionally dealing with housing difficulties and he or she feared the Video games would exacerbate the disaster.
“What we actually want is a method and a plan on how that is going to be mitigated,” she mentioned.
Robbie Katter, the chief of the KAP, mentioned Queensland must have a “sobering” have a look at the Video games and the “monumental vortex” it’ll create for future infrastructure tasks.
“Everybody’s getting enthusiastic about it however we’re tasked with holding the federal government to account,” Katter mentioned.
“That makes you a bit unpopular as a result of everybody likes the thought of getting a celebration and having a brand new stadium, however there’s a price.”
Katter mentioned his get together was “sick of asking” for renal items and CT scanners, and “being advised there’s no cash for it after they can discover cash for brand-new stadiums”.
“We didn’t compete for the Olympic Video games, nobody else on the planet wished it – it fell in our lap,” he mentioned.
A authorities spokesperson mentioned “there are not any gold medals for booing” and that authorities funding for the areas “eclipses Olympic spending by a substantial margin”.
They mentioned the Queensland authorities’s share of funding on Olympic infrastructure is $3.7bn over the subsequent decade, with the federal authorities offering $3.4bn.
“Nothing is being constructed only for the Olympic and Paralympic Video games. The concept has at all times been to speed up tasks in time for 2032 that can have lasting advantages for the neighborhood lengthy after.”