and the verdict is in

World Youth Cost New South Wales more in terms of lost revenue as a whole than it made.

As predicted by everyone and sundry the great white elephant of the Pope's Visit did not have the huge economic windfall for the State or Country.

Yes Sydney needs international events but an event which was so so narrow and so discriminatory is not what we need.

Interestingly the argument that the State will give money to other events like Mardi Gras which have traditionally received no Government funding and are huge money spinners for the economy will now in light of the economic black hole in NSW be shelved.

Personally I think all religious organisations should pay taxes, then we wouldn't have such a problem!