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Superdome, Sydney, 12 September 2000: transcript of doorstop interview [Andrew Gaze's appointment to the position of flag bearer for the Australian Olympic Team].



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12 September 2000

TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP DOORSTOP AT THE SUPERDOME, SYDNEY

Subjects: Andrew Gaze's appointment to the position of flag bearer for the Australian Olympic Team

E&OE……………………………………………………………………………………

PRIME MINISTER:

Well I think it�s a wonderful choice. Andrew is a magnificent representative, he represents everything- there�s the family tradition there. He�s competed in so many Games before. He�s obviously a great personality. He has a humility and passionate excitement about the honour that�s been given to him. And I thought the absolutely exuberant, wonderful, the excited way that he reacted was just so heart warming and just demonstrates that he�s the right choice.

JOURNALIST:

It�s not too often the Prime Minister gets a hug is it?

PRIME MINISTER:

No, well I don�t mind! But more importantly I think nineteen million Australians would have wanted to hug him for his spontaneity.

JOURNALIST:

Have you ever been kissed by a six foot seven bloke before?

PRIME MINISTER:

Oh now don�t ask me personal questions!

JOURNALIST:

Prime Minister, you yourself seem very excited as the big day draws close.

PRIME MINISTER:

I am. I think I am expressing a collective national excitement. I wandered around Sydney on Monday morning, I did some shopping, and everybody is so engaged and friendly. It�s almost as if for the next few weeks we�re going to be living in a slightly different world, and I think we are. And I that�s terrific because Australians do love their sport, they do see this as a great opportunity to show the world what a fantastic country we have.

And these young men and women here tonight - the uniforms, incidentally, are fabulous, they �re the best Olympic uniforms I�ve seen yet and I�m very delighted that I�ve been honoured and given one � it�s terrific.

But I think the spirit of this, of tonight and the excitement which is obviously being reflected around the community now is what everybody feels.

JOURNALIST:

Any predictions of how many gold medals we�ll win?

PRIME MINISTER:

Oh look I don�t get into that. I wish them well, I love them all and I hope it�s pile!

Thank you.

[ends]

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