Premier plays down promise of AFL grand final
Queensland is now in the box seat to host this year's ALF grand final at the Gabba.
With the AFL season now based in Queensland, and with a state of disaster declared in Victoria, a Brisbane-based grand final is looking increasingly likely.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday declared the strictest measures yet, including an 8pm curfew, until at least September 13.
The AFL has said it would make a decision on a grand final venue by this month.
Everything points to a Gabba grand final given WA border restrictions that require quarantine and Queensland's willingness to help keep the season alive.
Senior AFL industry figures were privately conceding last week there was no prospect of the MCG hosting another game this year.
But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today said Queensland would be happy to be part of a conversation around the grand final, but that it was "not appropriate" to discuss it just yet.
"I know how much the grand final means to Victorians, and I know how much Victoria is hurting. All our thoughts are with Victorians at the moment," she said.
"We are focused on the (AFL competition) … if at some stage down the track there are discussions about where to host the grand final (if Victoria can't), we're happy to be a part of those.
"But it's premature at this stage, and we will discuss at the appropriate time."