Mad Katters bemoan Adelaide's Origin game
The three Queensland Katter's Australian Party MPs will wear maroon armbands into the first sitting of state parliament to protest another State of Origin match being played interstate.
The National Rugby League announced an Origin game will be played in Adelaide in 2020, and follows neutral games being scheduled for Melbourne this year and Perth in 2019.
KAP leader Robbie Katter said if an Origin game was held outside traditional venues in Brisbane or Sydney in the annual three-match series it should be moved elsewhere in Queensland, like Townsville.
Townsville Stadium with a 25,000-seat capacity doesn't have the earning potential of Adelaide Oval which can seat 53,500, but Mr Katter said the NRL should be rewarding the game's heartland.
"This is about loyalty and thanking those people who helped build and underpin the game," he told reporters on Wednesday. "It's not always about expansion or commercialism, it's about rewarding those people who really live and breathe it."
Mr Katter and his colleagues Shane Knuth and newly-elected Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto will wear their maroon armbands when the state's 56th parliament gets down to business on Thursday.
"This is our peaceful protest, and we hope people follow our lead," he said.
Deputy opposition leader and former NRL referee Tim Mander won't be wearing an arm band, but he agreed with the sentiment.
"I reckon the NRL and the Queensland Labor party need to be sent off on this one," Mr Mander told reporters.
"I mean can you imagine Port and the Crows playing in Brisbane? It's ridiculous."
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