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Transcript of interview with John Stanley: Radio 2UE: 24 September 1993: Sydney 2000 Olympics; Rugby League Football Final



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Leader o f the Opposition

24 September 1993 TRANS/JF

TRANSCRIPT OF JOHN HEWSON MP INTERVIEW WITH JOHN STANLEY, RADIO 2UE SYDNEY FROM MONTE CARLO

E & E O PROOF CORY ONLY

Subjects: Sydney 2000 Olympics, Rugby League Football Final

Stanley:

... The events in Monte Carlo were extraordinary as everybody celebrated. We saw the Prime Minister and his wife during the official presentation and of course John Fahey as Premier of New South Wales and Bruce Baird as the Olympic Bid Minister received enormous amounts of publicity and Frank Sartor, our Lord Mayor.

I spoke earlier in the week with Bob Carr, the Opposition Leader, and I think in the spirit of all this I should also speak to a man who probably wasn't in the spotlight much in Monte Carlo but was there playing a very important role, and that is the Opposition Leader, Dr John Hewson, who joins me on the line from Monte Carlo in the morning there.

John Hewson, good morning.

Hewson:

Good afternoon to you John.

Stanley:

I guess you were involved in the partying and it has been a long night and one which I guess you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Oh, yes. It was a great privilege to be here. It was just fantastic. When they read out the name Sydney, in fact Mr Samaranch hesitated as he said it and I think most of us jumped about thirty feet in the air. We could have broken the world high jump record there!

Hewson:

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Stanley:

I think John Fahey just about hit the roof. There's a shot of John Fahey that I think will be played for ever and a day - he certainly got excited.

Hewson:

Yes well even/body was excited. It was a terrific event for Australia. It's great for Sydney, it's great for Australia and I think importantly, a lot of Australians can stop and think we ought to really believe in ourselves. I think people were starting to doubt it a bit but we should believe in ourselves. We can beat the best in the world if we set our minds to it.

Stanley:

It's interesting you say that because earlier in the program I talked about how it's now some ten years since we won the Americas Cup - that we had a holiday when we won it. We all celebrated. But perhaps the fact that we took that day off and we thought we could beat the world, maybe we've rested on our laurels a bit too much after that

and this time we really shouldn't allow the win of the Olympics to distract us from what are our very real challenges ahead of us.

Hewson:

It's really just stage one, Isn't it. We've won but we've got a long way to go in order to put on what I think will be the best Olympics ever. That should be our aim. We should demonstrate to the world that we can really do it. I think Sydney just had such a fantastic bid - even though the voting was so close - we really did have a top class

bid. It was the third time we'd tried. We tried first with Brisbane, then with Melbourne, then with Sydney. We got the bugs out of the system, if you like. We got the best bid by miles and it was good that the best bid won because it won on its merits, which is very satisfying. Despite all the politics that often goes on in these things, we won on merit and I think that's a lesson for all of us.

Stanley:

And it's also one of the few events that I can remember, probably the only one, where there was no politics involved - that everyone was pulling behind it and it was a totally bipartisan operation.

Hewson:

Absolutely. It's above politics. Everybody pitched in. We were sitting next to Bob Carr when the announcement came and he jumped as high as we did. It's the same across the board - it was a genuine effort. People were in there on behalf of Australia and that's how it should be,

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Stanley:

And, of course, by the time 2000 comes around, Bob Carr could be Premier of New South Wales and, I guess, you could very easily be Prime Minister of Australia presiding over the Opening Ceremony?

Hewson:

That's right. I don't speculate about Bob Carr's future, but I intend to get there.

Stanley:

You are getting on a plane I think in a few hours to come back to Australia. I think you arrive back on Sunday morning about 5 am.

Hewson:

That's right.

Stanley:

And I think you've got a pretty important engagement.

Hewson:

That's right - straight to the St George Rugby League breakfast. As you know, St George has been my team since I could breath and they're going to do it this year. I can hardly wait - it's going to be a great sporting weekend for me.

Stanley:

I'll be at the breakfast. I'll see you there and then out at the ground. And it will be a big day for all the St George supporters - yourself, John Howard and even Richo will be out there. There'll be a certain lack of politics there as well.

Hewson:

Oh, absolutely. This is the one we've been waiting for John. They really are prepared well, they've shown an enormous amount of discipline in the last few games and I think they've got the fitness and the discipline to beat Brisbane this time and reverse the tables of last year's grand final.

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Stanley:

Yes, I think this will be the sweetest win since about 1965 for St George supporters. I think we're all going to be celebrating about 4.30, 4.40 pm. You've already experienced celebrations live there so you're prepared for it. So, I'll see you on Sunday morning.

Hewson:

Ok John,

Stanley:

Have a safe journey home.

Hewson:

Thanks a lot.

Stanley:

There he is the Opposition Leader, John Hewson, and a fervent supporter of the St George Rugby League team that will be there at the ground on Sunday.

(Ends)