Beattie prepared for ARL politics
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.