As I previously mentioned I cringed at the speech at the opening ceremony of Peter Beattie, CEO for the Games, as he made more of the Gold Coast, which is part of Queensland the last time I looked at an atlas than Australia as a whole.. Must be a "Queensland thing" to make little mention of the rest of Australia
And to be brutally honest Bubba, most of this parochial crap comes from politicians and the media.
They seem to think there are votes and extra advertising dollars in it.
The Queenslanders I've worked with over the past month have been nothing short of fantastic.
There is no-one in the crowd wearing maroon - all the Aussie supporters are in green and gold and cheering on the Aussies no matter where they are from.
The media and politicians propagate this rubbish. They treat everyone like they are complete fwits.
We live in an age where the power brokers and the fourth estate live in each others's pockets and look after each other.
Take Peter Beattie for instance. Here is a man who oversaw the ruination of the racing industry in Queensland. The state has the largest debt of any Australian state by a long shot, most of it gained under Beatties stewardship.
And what happens to him? He is made Chairman Of Operations for the Commonwealth Games and a Commissioner for the NRL FFS.
Talk about "inclusion" policy! Must extend to former failed politicians.,