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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Premier wants the Queen’s Baton Relay kept free of politicians

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Kate Jones

    Sunday, March 05, 2017

    Premier wants the Queen’s Baton Relay kept free of politicians

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk does not want politicians basking in the reflected glory of carrying the Queens Baton across Queensland in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games.

    “I don’t want politicians signing up for the baton relay as just another chance to grandstand,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “I won’t be applying to run and politicians at every level should follow my lead.

    ‘These are the people’s games, ‘the friendly games’.

    “We want our young people, our community legends, from all walks of life tasked as baton-bearers.

    “Hundreds of Queenslanders will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the lead-up to what is the biggest supporting event in a decade in Australia.

    “I’ll be out there cheering them on, with the thousands of others lining the baton-relay route.

    "I intend nominating an extraordinary young achiever, 18 year old Kyle Ryan as my baton-bearer.”

    Kyle was recently recognised for the Highest Achievement by an Aboriginal of Torres Strait Islander Student at the Queensland Certificate of Education Achievement Awards.

    After just an average first year at Glenala State High School, Kyle’s grades improved so dramatically he earned an OP 1.

    Now studying for a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) at the University of Queensland he has provisional entry to study medicine in 2021.

    “Kyle is an engaging, intelligent young man who is a role model to both local school students in Inala and the wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “He embodies the spirit of Queensland and will carry the baton containing the Queens Message which will be read out to officially open the Games with great pride.”

    Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said the GC2018 Relay will be the longest and most accessible ever.

    “It won’t just pass through but the Baton will spend quality time in all the communities it visits,” Ms Jones said.

    “The Relay will be inclusive and accessible.

    “From our remote and regional communities to our capital city and finally the Gold Coast, this is an event for all Queenslanders and one they can embrace and celebrate.

    “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase Queensland’s history, culture, traditions, varied landscape and people to the world.”

    On Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March, at Buckingham Palace, the Queen will place her message in the Baton and hand it to the first runner.

    From London, the Baton will travel to all Commonwealth nations and territories for 288 days before arriving in Australia.

    Nomnations can be made by visiting https://www.gc2018.com/qbr 

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