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Expo 2002: New Opportunity for Queensland



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THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

THE HON ALEXANDER DOWNER MP AND THE

MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY, SCIENCE

AND TECHNOLOGY

THE HON JOHN MOORE MP

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

FA 126 25 September 1998

EXPO 2002: NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR QUEENSLAND

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, and the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, John Moore, said today that Australia would be renewing its bid for Queensland to host EXPO 2002.

This follows a decision announced yesterday in Manila by the Presidential Palace that the Philippines is no longer in a position to host EXPO 2002 because of budgetary constraints.

The Philippines won the right to host EXPO 2002 at a meeting in Paris in June of the Bureau of International Expositions. The Philippines’ bid was successful over a bid put together by Queensland only after a tied vote in the first round of voting, which led to an unprecedented second round in which the Philippines just prevailed. ,

Mr Downer and Mr Moore noted that senior Philippines officials had expressed to the Australian Ambassador in Manila the hope that Expo 2002 would remain in the region notwithstanding their withdrawal and had offered to support Australia as an alternative host, bearing in mind the quality of the bid put to the BIE by Queensland in June. In light of the Philippine decision and following consultation with the Queensland Government, Mr Downer and Mr Moore said that Australia would be approaching the BIE to seek an early decision to award the EXPO to Queensland.

Mr Downer and Mr Moore said that they understood the regret which those in the Philippines who had worked so hard to win the competition for EXPO 2002 must feel at having to withdraw from hosting the event. They sincerely appreciated the goodwill and support that the Philippines was showing for Australia as an appropriate replacement. Mr Downer and Mr Moore said they were confident that again Queensland would be able to put forward a

world-class proposal that this time would win the support of the members of the BIE.

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