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the global reach of Oprah (amazing but true
– she broadcasts to 145 countries), it’s arguable
that the Kings Park view will reach a market far
more likely to consider making the trip down.
Besides, CHOGM comes with cash. It’s projected
to add $80 million to the state’s coffers.
Despite the fact that Perth’s airport and
hotel bed supply will be stretched for the biggest
gathering of world leaders ever held in Australia,
we can thank the quick thinking of former foreign
minister Stephen Smith – one of our own – and
premier Colin Barnett for grabbing the last-minute
opportunity to host the event.
Kings Park jogg ers, meanwhile, may want to
reroute their morning constitutional during the
event to avoid a humiliating security pat down.
“About 1000 media types
are expected to descend
[on Perth] from around the
globe, no doubt using our
iconic view as the backdrop
to their coverage”
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