Beat­tie pre­pared for ARL pol­i­tics

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

HAV­ING tack­led life as a leader of a state La­bor Party, new ARL Com­mis­sioner Peter Beat­tie says he is pre­pared for what­ever rugby league pol­i­tics comes his way.

Beat­tie was one of two new com­mis­sion­ers un­veiled yes­ter­day, join­ing con­sti­tu­tional lawyer Pro­fes­sor Me­gan Davis on the new- look com­mis­sion.

The ap­point­ment of Beat­tie, who was Queens­land Premier from 1998 un­til 2007, means he is well po­si­tioned to take over as chair­man of the ARL Com­mis­sion once chair­man John Grant steps down in Fe­bru­ary.

Beat­tie said Grant reached out to him about join­ing about three weeks ago.

“I love the game. I want to put back some­thing into the game I love,” he said.

“There is noth­ing than tougher than ALP pol­i­tics. It doesn’t mat­ter how tough rugby league gets. Noth­ing is tougher than La­bor Party pol­i­tics.”

Beat­tie played a key role in the de­vel­op­ment of Sun­corp Sta­dium and the Gold Coast’s Cbus Sta­dium. He has a rich his­tory with league, hav­ing played the game in his youth.

“I tri­alled out at Norths ( in Bris­bane),” Beat­tie said.

“I didn’t have a car or money, so I had to make the choice to be a footy player or a lawyer. I couldn’t af­ford to play footy so I went off to be­come a hum­ble lawyer.”

Beat­tie’s term ex­pires in Fe­bru­ary 2020. He will split the ini­tial months of his ten­ure with his role as chair­man of the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games.

Davis is also the first in­dige­nous Australian to sit on a UN body.

BRONCO FOR LIFE: Dar­ius Boyd in ac­tion dur­ing train­ing in Bris­bane yes­ter­day.

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