I was proud to be part of a Government that won the Commonwealth Games for the Gold Coast.
And I am determined – as the new Minister for the Games – to ensure it delivers for the Gold Coast and Queensland.
As reported, unsuccessful tenderers for the Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies raised concerns about the procurement process.
In a letter they sent to the Auditor-General they said they wanted to “place on the record” that their objection is only based on concerns with the process, not that the contract was awarded to a firm with global links.
They said in this letter that the “industry is specialised and by nature global [and] as such firms compete for work around the world.”
These concerns were forwarded to an independent probity auditor and they have reported back to the Department.
This morning – in a transparent manner – I have tabled the auditor’s advice in Parliament and it is being provided to the Auditor-General.
The independent probity auditor has advised the tender was fair and in accordance with the Queensland Government procurement policy principles.
The tender was consistent with the State Procurement Plan 2014-2018. Read More