Outraged Aussies are a 'pack of whingers': Beattie
AUSTRALIANS who were disgusted by athletes being left out of the closing ceremony are a "pack of whingers", Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie says.
The same day he took responsibility and apologised for the decision to snub athletes in favour of a series of speeches and lacklustre performances at the closing ceremony Mr Beattie criticised "whingers" and "self-indulgent" commentators.
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"I just think one of the problems is that we are getting to a stage of being a pack of whingers ... I just say to Australia we're bigger than this. We should be about positive things, about building things, about doing things and we shouldn't try to tear down people who want to do that," he said on his regular slot on Sky News.
The comments to co-host Campbell Newman were in stark contrast to Mr Beattie's apologetic demeanour on Monday as he took responsibility for the disastrous closing ceremony and admitted he got it "wrong".
But on Sky News he suggested the widespread backlash to the ceremony was a "beat-up" and upset GOLDOC officials.
Read the full story at the Gold Coast Bulletin.