While I don't agree with his politics, he having being a pre selected Liberal candidate for a Sate Parliament seat, he is an otherwise intelligent fellow. Well I thought so.
I heard him offer this gem today. The Olympic host city for 2020 is down to three cities, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. He wrote off Istanbul, well I wouldn't although it is unlikely to succeed. Tokyo has financial problems, he suggested, and so he has punted for Madrid.
Tokyo has financial problems? Perhaps, but has he forgotten where Madrid is? Like Spain, one of the Euro countries in serious financial difficulties which may have to be bailed out by the EU.
Japan does have issues, but it is a rich country and can afford to have issues. Spain is broke. Where would the money come from? With cheap labour costs, I therefore put Istanbul back into the mix. While Turkey is a secular country, it is also notionally Moslem, and to have the Olympics in a Moslem country might be a first.