February 26, 2021, 03.00 PM

Australia is currently only offering a limited number of tourist flights with New Zealand, national airline Qantas on Thursday said it did not expect other international flights to restart until October.

"It would bring huge economic benefit and jobs as part of our economic recovery as we come out of Covid," Palaszczuk told ABC radio.

"Most importantly, it gives us hope, it gives us something to look forward to. 2032 may be out in the distance — but [it's] that firm light at the end of the tunnel."

She added that Brisbane and surrounding cities to the north, south and west already had 85% of the venues required for the games and that was the "gamechanger" as the IOC seeks to cut the costs of hosting the games.

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"We don't have to build huge stadiums that are not going to be used in the future, and this gives hope and opportunity as we got through our economic recovery and plan for the future," she said.

Organizers could either build a new, 50,000-seat main stadium for the opening ceremony and track and field competition, or upgrade one of the region's existing stadiums.

Germany's Olympic officials dismayed

The move garnered criticism from German Olympic officials, who say their bid was not yet complete.The head of Germany's 2032 Rhine-Ruhr bid, Michael Mronz, said he was "surprised" by the decision.

Mronz said the roadmap for the bid required more time to outline, and that a German candidacy would also require a "democratic referendum" which takes longer to outline than a bid "without direct citizen participation."


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