Peter Beattie lands top job running Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

By The Mandarin

May 17, 2016

Long-serving chairman Nigel Chamier is out. In his place, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has named one of her Labor predecessors to one of the state’s highest profile government jobs.

Former state premier Peter Beattie was announced as the new chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’s corporate governing body known as GOLDOC on Tuesday morning.

Beattie, who ran and lost in his bid to switch to the federal parliament at the last election, seemed happy with his new job:

“Whether you love me or hate me, I absolutely love this state … and I look forward to delivering the best games ever,” Beattie said.

Palaszczuk cited his often noticed abilities  to “sell ice to eskimos” among his credentials for the new role: “I need him to sell the Commonwealth Games to corporate Australia,” Palaszczuk said.

“He was the person who secured the Goodwill Games for us many years ago and I believe his experience and his attention to detail is exactly what is needed. His drive and enthusiasm is second to none and I am quite sure that he will be charming corporate Australia.”

Chamier was appointed by the previous LNP government. Palaszczuk simply said he resigned, prompting the new appointment.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is a government board defined and given authority under state legislation.

Apology: The first version of this news brief accidentally skipped a Queensland Labor Premier from the timeline. The Mandarin apologises to Anna Bligh who has been kind enough to speak with us on leadership.

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