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Howard Government breaks promise to fund Commonwealth Games.

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Senator Kate Lundy Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Shadow Minister for Information Technology and Sport

Howard Government breaks promise to fund Commonwealth Games

The Howard Government has reneged on its commitment to provide $90 million to the Victorian Government to upgrade the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

When the Coalition announced the $90 million for the MCG there were no strings attached. But Tony Abbott, the Minister for Workplace Relations, intervened and insisted upon unacceptable pre-requisites relating to industrial conditions on the MCG site.

Mr Howard is happy to bask in the glory of our elite athletes but when it comes to keeping his promises to the Australian sporting community, the PM can’t be trusted.

It is disgraceful that the Coalition is using such a prestigious international sporting event as the Commonwealth Games for political purposes.

Rather than turn the 2006 Commonwealth Games into an industrial battleground, the Victorian Government rightly decided to contribute an additional $77 million themselves, with $13 million to be contributed from the MCG custodian.

6 June 2002.

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