"In the winter of 1990, I sat in Department of Planning offices with
high-level planning execs, arguing Homebush was the wrong spot.
As far as possible, I said, we should locate our Games in the city.
Darling Harbour, overgirdled and underoccupied, already needed help. So
did our public transport. So did the inner south rust-belt. So did our
That was three years before we won the bid, 10 before its enactment.
Things could still have changed.
Of course, I did not expect them to. But I was amazed, even then, that
there was no locational rationale; no remediation plan for a site whose
toxic depths were then unplumbed (Thiess Services later described it as
''one of the most contaminated sites in the world''); no adequate
transport plan, no park-village link".
But never mind, the ALP will rezone it and flog it off to new boat people.
"Here we have the Australian government underpinning the biggest
economic decision this country has ever made and it's all based on fraud"