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Question to the Prime Minister: Do you support the Gabba demolition?

On the 23rd I asked the Prime Minister about his support for the demolition of the Gabba Stadium and the closure of East Brisbane State School.

Mr Chandler-Mather: My question is to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister, you have said you support the $2.7 billion Gabba demolition and rebuild, which will see the destruction of a local public school and park and the resuming of homes. Why did the federal government commit $3.4 billion to the Olympics without first demanding the Queensland government drop the destructive Gabba demolition? Can you explain to the families of East Brisbane State School and the residents of Kangaroo Point why you support destroying their public school and park?

Mr ALBANESE : I'll tell you what we do support. We support Brisbane hosting the Olympics. We support that unapologetically, and that's why we are building a major centre. That won't just be about the Olympics, though. What the Brisbane arena will be about is giving the people of South-East Queensland and, indeed, the entire nation a venue that will be used not just for the Olympics, a venue that will be used for decades to come. That is what we're about. We're about supporting the jobs that are there in a real way. We are about making sure that we get this policy right. And, just as Melbourne continues to benefit from hosting the 1956 Games, and Sydney continues to benefit from hosting the 2000 Games, Brisbane and, indeed, the whole of Queensland will benefit, including from the 19 separate projects that we will provide funding for—

Mr Chandler-Mather interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Griffith will cease interjecting.

Mr ALBANESE: including right throughout regional Queensland, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Toowoomba—

Mr Gosling interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Solomon is warned.

Mr David Smith interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Bean is warned.

Mr ALBANESE: North Queensland, Central Queensland and Far North Queensland. They will all benefit from that.

Mr Chandler-Mather: Mr Speaker—

Opposition members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The members on my left will cease interjecting. The Prime Minister was talking about redevelopment and the Olympics, which is what the question was about, but I'll give the member for Griffith the benefit of the doubt and hear his point of order.

Mr Chandler-Mather: My point of order is on relevance, Mr Speaker. We just want an answer on the support for destroying the school. That's all the parents and kids want to hear about.

The SPEAKER: Resume your seat. For the member for Griffith's benefit: you can't rewrite the question when you take a point of order. You've asked your question. The Prime Minister is being directly relevant.

Mr ALBANESE: I support the Olympics. We on this side of the parliament, the government, support the Olympics. The Queensland state government support the Olympics. I think there is bipartisan support for the Olympics. It's a good thing. It's a good thing for our economy, but it's more important than that as well. Already there are youngsters around who will be inspired—

Mr Chandler-Mather interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Griffith will cease interjecting.

Mr ALBANESE: to compete in the lead-up to the 2032 Games.

Mr Burns interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Macnamara will cease interjecting.

Mr ALBANESE: It will give inspiration to the athletes of tomorrow to aim for that, just as we saw in the year 2000 such an enormous benefit from—

Mr Pasin interjecting

Mr Burns interjecting

The SPEAKER: The member for Barker and the member for Macnamara are both warned.

Mr ALBANESE: We saw the extraordinary benefit from the 2000 Olympics. We also, by the way, support the World Cup football that we'll be hosting with New Zealand in a few months time—the third-most-watched event on the globe. After the football World Cup for men and the Olympics is the football World Cup for women. All of these big events do require an investment, but they produce a return. And I'll make this tip: there'll be Greens MPs queuing up for tickets if any of them are around at the time.

Mr Rob Mitchell interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for McEwen is warned.

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