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Beattie asks for politics-free Games zone

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 Scott Bailey

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games committee chairman Peter Beattie has requested both sides of politics butt out of the organising of the 2018 event.

The former Queensland premier has announced a wide-range of cheap ticketing options for the Games but it's been met with opposition from the Liberal National Party who argue it will leave a budget shortfall.

However, Mr Beattie says the Games are not a place for political bickering ahead of the next state election.

"I say to both sides of politics ... give us a go, let us manage this budget effectively and properly," he said on Thursday.

"Forget about the politics, this is too big of an event for Queensland for silly nonsense to be played."

The Games were originally expected to raise $65.3 million in ticketing revenue but that figure has been revised down to between $50 million and $60 million.

However, Mr Beattie says claims of a budget shortfall are inaccurate and harmful.

He also argues there is a chance the latest estimates could be off the mark and ticketing revenue could meet the original projection even with the cheaper prices.

"We may get to that amount," he said.

"We always take the worst-case scenario.

Mr Beattie's statement comes with the organisation announcing a seating deal for the event, which it says will save the Games a "substantial" amount.

But the former Labor leader says continued negative publicity in parliament could put future deals at risk.

"If we have unnecessary negative publicity, that affects our ability to get sponsors and to actually manage the Games," he said.

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