Alan Jones told Opera House CEO Louise Herron she should lose her job over her resistance to showcase the world’s richest horse race on the Opera House sails during a fiery radio exchange today.
The CEO's staunch resistance seems odd in the light of Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi's calls for a royal commission into Chinese influence in Australia and yet two years ago, Labor leader Bill Shorten and controversial businessman Huang Xiangmo (pictured right) lit up the Opera House sails in red lights to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
The Daily Telegraph reports, the NSW government is desperately working to broker a historic deal with the landmark building to project a major light show on its sails for an international promotion of "The Everest".
However, the plan was still at risk of falling at the final hurdle last night amid painstaking negotiations, with Opera House management resisting the idea of using the world-famous sails to promote racing, despite government officials proposing the idea to Racing NSW in the first place.
A clearly frustrated Mr Jones told Ms Herron on his 2GB show today: “People reading The Daily Telegraph this morning would be thinking ‘who the hell do you think you are, you don’t own the Opera House, we own it...you manage it.
“You don’t have a right to fence it off. If you can’t give the go ahead for this to happen, to an event that’s providing $100 million to the economy, delivering a tourism boom to Sydney, to send Sydney around the world... If I were Gladys Berejiklian I’d pick up the phone and sack you today.”
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