Victorian government resists call to release documents behind failed 2026 Commonwealth Games

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The Victorian government is resisting calls to release hundreds of documents related to the cancellation of the 2026 Commonwealth Games, saying they are protected by executive privilege.

A parliamentary inquiry into the government’s handling of the failed Commonwealth Games bid wants the release of 353 documents that include ministerial briefings, Cabinet briefings, meeting agendas and expenditure review committee reports.

But Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes said all but three were completely protected by executive privilege, while the remainder could only be partially released.

“Victorian taxpayers, who are picking up the $600 million bill for Labor’s botched Commonwealth Games deserve to know exactly what went wrong, why and who is responsible,” Shadow Minister for Tourism, Sport and Events, Sam Growth told the Herald Sun.

“Time and again Labor has sought to dodge accountability for their role in this damaging debacle.

“Labor must be transparent with the community and make these documents public so Victorians can understand how the 2026 Games went so wrong.”

Parliament could now appoint an independent arbiter to force the government to hand over the documents if they deem the claims unreasonable.