Palaszczuk’s Olympics trip turns into PR disaster

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has found herself defending a planned trip to Tokyo to secure the 2032 Olympics for Brisbane.

It was meant to be a triumphant trip to Tokyo to secure Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympics, but Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has instead found herself embroiled in a PR disaster of her own making.

Palaszczuk is set to lead a group including Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates to Tokyo for the final presentation to the IOC members.

But she found herself in hot water after declaring she would hotel quarantine on her return despite pushing the Federal Government to slash to number of overseas hotel quarantine arrivals by half.

A petition was quickly formed calling on Palaszczuk to be denied permission to travel. The Deny Annastacia Palaszczuk an exemption to leave Australia to attend the Tokyo Olympics petition surpassed its initial target of 10,000 signatures in just a few days, and is close to achieving its new target of 75,000 shortly.

Coates said “it would be a disaster” if she didn’t travel in person.

“They want to look whoever they’re giving the games to in the eyes,” he said.

“They want to know can we trust you to uphold the values of the Olympic movement … can we trust you to host the games?”

However, people have been quick to point out that Prime Minister Scott Morrison will attend the IOC meeting virtually and questioned why Palaszczuk can’t do the same.

The International Olympic Committee will vote on the proposal on July 21 in Tokyo, but most commentators feel that Brisbane has all but secured the bid with the final vote merely a formality.