Australian companies demand answers over Commonwealth Games snub

Organisers of the Commonwealth Games have been accused of bias after three Australian companies were overlooked for the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.

It follows a decision to give the tender to US-based global company Jack Morton Worldwide (JMW) on Christmas Eve.

Well-known creative director Ric Birch, who managed the ceremonies at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has called on the Queensland Government to review the decision.


It’s believed he has joined with fellow unsuccessful bidders Michael Cassel, David Atkins and Julie Brooks in writing to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to attack the evaluation panel and tender process.

The premier’s department has referred the letter to the director-general of tourism, which oversees GOLDOC and the Commonwealth Games.


Mr Birch co-ordinated the ceremonies at the 1982 Brisbane Games, the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.