RISE and MDEC launch Cross-Industry Virtual Hackathon, set to be largest in Malaysia


  • Online hackathon backed by corporate partners including Celcom Axiata, Malaysia Airlines
  • Up to US$14k prizes to be won, with aim to find solutions across multiple industries

Thai-based corporate innovation accelerator, RISE, and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has announced the Cross-Industry Virtual Hackathon, an event with an aim to “revitalise the Malaysian ecosystem” as we enter the New Normal in the Covid-19 pandemic.

RISE, in collaboration with MDEC, will be organising the 100% online hackathon with the aim of making it Malaysia’s largest of 2020. The event will be supported by some of Malaysia’s top corporations, including Celcom Axiata, Malaysia Airlines, Ecoworld, Cuocoland and Pos Malaysia.

Participants will be tasked with solving problem statements from real business cases, with challenges to be set across the telecommunications, tourism, logistics, real estate and retail industries. There will be prizes worth up to US$14,400 (RM60,000) to be won.

The soft-launch for the hackathon, also called the Pre-hack Day, will be held on 5 September 2020, where applications will open and the challenges will be announced to the public.

The Pre-Hack day is open for everyone to attend, though a registration is required here. During the Pre-hack Day, participants will be able to find out more about the corporates and partners involved in the hackathon, listen to keynote speakers on the subject of innovation, and build up your skills from the “Best-in-Class” Tech & Training companies.

Applications to the Cross-Industry Virtual Hackathon are open until 20 September. Those interested can sign up here.

RISE and MDEC launch Cross-Industry Virtual Hackathon, set to be largest in Malaysia



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More than 50% of Britons are now happy to see a virtual GP


The coronavirus pandemic has forced people to embrace virtual meetings through Zoom and similar platforms.

But whilst virtual GPs have been around for over a decade, research shows that due to the pandemic, more than half of the UK are happy to have any appointment with a virtual GP.

Available on your smartphone, tablet or desktop, patients can set up an appointment with a virtual GP, typically through their practice, clinic, via their insurer or by reaching out to various virtual GP brands.

A survey conducted by health insurance company Equipsme, showed that out of 1,049 people, that 37% would like the option of a remote consultation, whilst 24% would always prefer remote appointments due to convenience or to restrict journeys or coming into contact with the general public.

In fact, research showed that 61% would either prefer to keep seeing their doctor remotely, or would like to have the choice of remote appointments, over seeing their doctor in person, even when the full lockdown restrictions lift.

The data showed that younger people were more open to remote consultations, with only 35% saying they would still prefer to go to their GP surgery in person – rising to 45% of those aged 55 and older.

The main finding was that lockdown led to a positive first experience of a remote consultation for many.

Managing Director at Equipsme, Matthew Reed, explained: “Digital healthcare, including phone and video consultations, has been growing steadily but slowly over the last 20 years. Under the circumstances of the last few months, it’s exploded. What we’ve seen is a revolution in how medical care is delivered, and it’s clearly been a revelation to large number of Brits.

“People have realised they can get practical help and advice for basic health conditions quickly and easily from the comfort of their own home – fitting it in around their working and family lives. While there will always be some people and some ailments that require face-to-face care, remote consultations have proven to be effective, efficient, and perhaps surprisingly popular.”

Equipsme is a new insuretech startup, offering health insurance plans for organisations, with a minimum of 2 employees. With packages starting from just £7.99 per month, customers get access to a virtual GP as standard, which is delivered by health provider Medical Solutions, which is run by Dr Chris Morris. The company states that ‘it is not just patients that can benefit from the trend in digital health, but doctors and the NHS as a whole.”

The popularity in virtual GPs from the likes of Push Doctor and Doctor 4 U is unsurprising. When people are felling under the weather, the concept of getting out of bed, being in contact with other people and waiting in a long waiting room is certainly not appealing. However, the ability to see someone virtually, and often much faster, especially during coronavirus times, is a healthy proposition.





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U.S. Air Force Looks to Virtual Reality to Train F-35, F-22 and F-15 Pilots


The use of practical virtual reality (VR) has become an actual reality in recent years, and the U.S. Air Force will soon use the technology to leverage enhanced warfighter training. This month the Air Force announced the inauguration of the new Virtual Test and Training Center (VTTC) at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada—which will house the future of joint-aerial combat training.

The VTTC will utilize the facility so that pilots can simultaneously train together in both live and virtual environments. In fact, the experience provided at Nellis AFB will provide a more realistic and effective training while also mitigating the constraints of a physical range.

However, this is vastly more than a complex video game system.

“It’s a significant step forward to enable testing tactics development and advanced training for the Air Force, joint and coalition partners,” said Peter Zupas, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center operational training and test infrastructure analyst via an Air Force statement.

This month the Air Force opened the doors of VTTC, which begin actual training next spring or summer. The $38 million center will allow Air Force pilots to practice advanced tactics that can replicate combat against near-peer nations and other adversaries.

“When you think about great power competition and where we might have to fight—shipping out to fight a China or Russia, particularly—there is no live training venue for the joint force, certainly for the Air Force, that’s big enough, that has the threat density that can replicate what China or Russia can do,” Major General Chuck Corcoran, who heads up the U.S. Air Force’s Air Warfare Center at Nellis told Defense News.

Corcoran added that while live exercises will remain an important component of pilot training, this new facility will be able to allow pilots to engage in a battlespace that is populated by high-end threats. Air Force pilots will be able to network with other pilots and the system will let them take part in situations that are impossible to emulate even in live training “Red Flag” exercises.

The VTTC will also reportedly support a range of aircraft including F-16s, F-22s, F-35s and F-15Es with more aircraft likely to be added. While as noted it isn’t a video game, it is still software-based so the various “add-ons” or “downloadable content” (DLC) of other aircraft—friend and foe alike—should be easy enough to integrate with the system.

The first missions are scheduled for next year, but they could expand considerably to include platform-specific counterterrorism and live-fire exercises. These missions could incorporate multi-domain and near-peer threats across air, space and cyber domains. Moreover, the ability to connect live and virtual training environments will reduce the need for numerous aircraft and crew to travel to a singular location. In doing so, this could even reduce fiscal burden for the force.

“In the next year or so we will officially have it up and running,” added Colonel Dean Caldwell, the USAFWC VTTC director. “The VTTC will then be turned into a squadron and be placed under the Nevada Test and Training Range.”

Simulators have long been used to train pilots and this goes back nearly a century. The original Link Trainer, the first flight simulator that was used to teach pilots how to fly by instruments was developed in 1929 by Edwin Albert Link of Binghamton, NY.

However, the technology has advanced considerably and has been instrumental in F-35 training, while the military has been upping its game with VR along with Augmented Reality (AR) in recent years for infantry and other training in ways not possible just a few years ago.

The VTTC at Nellis AFB is just one new VR-based program being adopted by the Air Force. In July the Virtual Reality Procedures Trainer (VRPT) was introduced and could potentially transform the way B-52 Stratofortress student-pilots train for combat. The main advantages of the VRPT are in its potential to reduce human bias in instruction, provide better access to training for student pilots, and give students immediate feedback that lessens the chance they develop poor habits in the early phases of training.

It is a notable example of how twenty-first-century VR is used to train pilots on an early Cold War-era bomber like the B-52.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.

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Worldwide, 463 mn children can’t access virtual schooling: UN


August 27 (AFP) – Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and widespread school closures, at least one-third of students affected around the world lack access to virtual education, according to a UN study released Wednesday.

In all, an estimated 463 million children lack the equipment or electronic access to pursue distance learning, said the report from UNICEF.

“The sheer number of children whose education was completely disrupted for months on end is a global education emergency,” Henrietta Fore, executive director of the UN Children’s Fund, said in a statement.

“The repercussions could be felt in economies and societies for decades to come,” she said.

The UN estimates that 1.5 billion children worldwide have been affected by lockdowns or school closings occasioned by the pandemic.

The report underlined gaping geographical differences in children’s access to distance education, with far fewer affected in Europe, for example, than in Africa or parts of Asia.

The UN report is based on data gathered from roughly 100 countries, measuring public access to the internet, to television and to radio.

Even children with adequate access may face other obstacles to distance education — whether the lack of a good workspace at home, pressure to do other work for the family, or a lack of technical support when computer problems arise, the UNICEF report said.

Among students around the world unable to access virtual education, 67 million are in eastern and southern Africa, 54 million in western and central Africa, 80 million in the Pacific and East Asia, 37 million in the Middle East and North Africa, 147 million in South Asia, and 13 million in Latin America and the Caribbean.

No figures were given for the US or Canada.

With the new school year soon getting underway in many countries — including in-person classes in many places — UNICEF urged governments to “prioritize the safe reopening of schools when they begin easing lockdown restrictions.”

Where reopening is impossible, governments should arrange for “compensatory learning for lost instructional time,” the report said.





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Darren Weir’s lawyers push for virtual committal hearing of changes


Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir will face a virtual committal hearing next month relating to charges of conspiracy to defraud stewards and animal abuse.

Weir, his former assistant trainer Jarrod McLean, stablehand Tyson Kermond and retired jockey William Hernan are facing a combined total of 34 charges ranging from conspiracy to defraud stewards, animal torture and corrupt betting relating to the 2018 Melbourne Cup.

Disgraced horse trainer Darren Weir leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court in October.

Disgraced horse trainer Darren Weir leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court in October.Credit:Jason South

Among the accusations, it is alleged poly pipe and electric shock devices – known as “jiggers” – were used on horses Red Cardinal and Yogi at Warrnambool while they ran on a treadmill, wearing blinkers, in the days leading up to the Cup.

A two-day committal hearing at the Ballarat Magistrates Court had been set to start on September 8, however that was abridged to Wednesday for a special mention via Webex after lawyers for the accused were told a hearing in court would not be possible due to COVID-19 restrictions.



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Listen: The Comedy and Tragedy of Virtual Live Events


The shift has been more radical than it might seem if you hadn’t been to these conventions before. But I thought that overall it was only 10 percent as embarrassing as I expected and 200 percent as effective. I thought it was much more effective than most people would rationally have expected, even five minutes before it went on air.

Hamblin: What made it so much more effective? We were just talking about live comedy, which Maeve does, and how ineffective that seems to be over Zoom calls.

Maeve Higgins: You really miss the audience at a comedy show, but I didn’t miss the audience with the politicians. I was glad that they were just speaking to me.

Fallows: One thing that became obvious when this was being played out, and wasn’t as obvious before it happened, is that it was a fairly tight two-hour segment on TV, as opposed to the hours and hours that these would normally go on. And the difference is, there was never more than two hours of actual content in one of these five- or six-hour shows. It was padded out with all this bloviation, with the anchors weighing in to say, “Well, this was good; this was bad.” Most of the blubber was rendered out of it. You had more planning on what they wanted to get across.

Also, I think, a point that should have been obvious 50 or 60 years ago—and was even commented on when John F. Kennedy was learning how to use TV—is that TV is fundamentally a cool medium, an intimate medium, and the people who were appearing last night acted as if they understood that. And there’s a very different way, whether you’re performing live in a comedy club or you’re giving some speech someplace, or if you’re orating in an arena of 20,000 people—there’s a different vibe than there is if you’re delivering something to camera. It was as if they had actually thought that there’s not going to be an audience there, that they had actually planned it.

Hamblin: So that’s a good thing to come of the moment?

Fallows: Yes, it’s a good thing, in just an immediate operational sense. It will be interesting to see if Donald Trump can deal with that when the Republican convention comes, because he is a person who lives for the arena of 20,000 people … and he will not have that. And there’s a question of whether he can do what Michelle Obama and, I think, even Bernie Sanders effectively did: just talking intimately in the cool medium of TV without a crowd, as opposed to the hot medium that William Jennings Bryan and Donald Trump, despite their obvious differences, both thrive on.

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Are virtual power plants the future of solar power?


When maths teacher Katie Brooks was searching for a new apartment, the solar panels on the rooftop of the Fremantle complex she eventually settled on were a big drawcard.

Ms Brooks said utilising solar energy had helped her save money on power bills.

“I budget every single dollar that I have,” she told 7.30.

“I know exactly where all my money goes and being able to track my power bills, know how much they are, and put money aside also means I can then save for my future goals.”

School teacher Katie Brooks keeps a close eye on how much money she spends each month.(ABC News West Matteeussen)

The 35-year-old spends just $50 per month on her power bill, but she also makes money because residents in the apartment complex can sell surplus energy to their neighbours in the same building.

“Quite a few of our residents are semi-retired, so if they’re doing their washing, running the dishwasher, running the air conditioning, if it’s a hot day and I’m at work and I’m not using any of my energy, then they can purchase my allocation before we buy from the grid.

“So I get a little bit of money back.”

The building in Fremantle’s White Gum Valley, uses technology created by Australian start-up Power Ledger.

The online software allows residents to trade solar energy in real time and will be rolled out across another 10 developments in Perth over the next three years.

WA ‘ground zero’

A cluster of houses at Alkimos Beach all with rooftop solar panels.
The WA Government is planning to trial virtual power plants in Perth.(ABC News: Briana Shepherd)

According to solar energy consultants, SunWiz, at least 28,000 home energy storage systems are predicted to be installed across the nation this year.

Adam McHugh, a Perth-based energy analyst at Murdoch University, said it was estimated more than 45 per cent of all households in Western Australia would have rooftop solar by 2025.

“The challenges are already starting to emerge and really Western Australia is ground zero for this energy transition,” Mr McHugh told 7.30.

Mr McHugh said solar power needed to “smarten up” so the energy grid was not overloaded with power — leading to potential blackouts.

“So the original solar systems that were put in place weren’t designed for considering anyone else other than the owner of that sole system.

“What we want to do is be able to control them in a very precise way, so that they can provide the ability to balance supply and demand in real time.”

The massive 95kWh Tesla PowerPack equivalent of about 16 of Tesla’s smaller Powerwall batteries.
Batteries are an important part of making a virtual power plant viable.(Supplied: Logan City Council)

Brian Innes, who runs solar energy company Plico Energy, said battery storage was a crucial piece of the puzzle.

“If you’ve got a large fleet of dumb solar on roofs, when the cloud hits, the whole grid gets impacted by that one big cloud,” he told 7.30.

“If you’ve got battery and solar coupled, then it doesn’t impact on the grid in the same way.”

Mr Innes said the idea is for houses with similar systems installed to join up to form what is called a virtual power plant.

Earlier this year the Western Australian Government released a five-year plan that includes trialling a virtual power plant in the suburbs of Perth before Christmas.

“We’re moving quickly to implement microgrids where they’re needed,” WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston told 7.30.

“Virtual power plants are just another example of the technology that we’re utilising to bring down the future costs to the grid.”

‘More work to do’

Dr Heather Lovell, University of Tasmania
Heather Lovell says there are still issues with virtual power plants that need to be sorted out.(ABC News: Mitchell Woolnough)

But some experts aren’t entirely convinced virtual power plants are the answer, arguing they won’t suit everyone.

A recent trial of the technology on 30 houses on Tasmania’s Bruny Island revealed mixed results.

“They’re kind of overly optimistic about the predictability of people’s behaviour in the energy context,” Energy Professor at the University of Tasmania, Heather Lovell told 7.30.

In her study, some participants didn’t like the installation process, others weren’t a fan of the technology and took the panels down after the trial.

“It’s a question of supply and demand and there’ll be many households that choose not to have a battery,” WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston said.

“The real benefit is to make sure that all the resources are visible to the network and able to be used for the benefit of the system.”

White Gum Valley apartments
Katie Brooks can sell power to other residents in the White Gum Valley apartment complex.(Supplied)

In Fremantle, school teacher Katie Brooks is happy to test out new technologies and said while selling excess energy to her neighbours was a good thing, there were limitations she would like to see ironed out in the future.

“At the moment we don’t have the mechanism to trade power between the different strata companies,” Ms Brooks said.

“So I guess in the future it’d be really cool, if we had excess power, we could sell it to the neighbours down the road, rather than just the neighbours in the complex.”



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U.S. activists complain that virtual shareholder meetings let companies silence them



FILE PHOTO: An empty Grand Ave in downtown is seen during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

August 18, 2020

By Jessica DiNapoli and Ross Kerber

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – Justin Danhof has used annual shareholder meetings to question companies on social issues for the last nine years.

His conservative think tank, the National Center for Public Policy Research, owns just a few shares in each of about 150 companies and takes advantage of its shareholder status to grill executives on issues ranging from gay rights to boardroom diversity.

This year, Danhof often found himself ignored, as companies held their shareholder meetings remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked investors to submit their questions online. Danhof said his questions on topics such as companies’ dealings with China or restrictions on financing gun makers were answered in only 13 of the 27 virtual shareholder meetings he and his representatives attended.

“Companies used the crisis to set up question-and-answer sessions that are a joke,” Danhof said. His success rate was much higher when he could sit near a microphone or in a CEO’s line of sight during in-person gatherings, he added.

Danhof is not alone. Investors faced obstacles, such as not being able to ask questions or not having their inquiries addressed, about 55% of the time in a sample of 88 virtual shareholder meetings held this year and reviewed in a Hebrew University of Jerusalem study published this month.

The researchers did not provide such figures for in-person shareholder gatherings in previous years but estimated that this year’s virtual meetings had significantly increased the number of dodged questions.

To be sure, virtual shareholder meetings have been welcomed by many mom-and-pop investors, who would have otherwise had to travel to a company’s headquarters to attend amid the pandemic.

Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc, the top technology vendor to companies for these events, said it helped run 1,494 virtual shareholder meetings this year, up from 326 last year, preserving a key ritual in the corporate calendar.

Yet many activists focused on environmental, social and corporate governance issues say the digital format can make it hard for them to hold companies accountable, given that Wall Street’s big institutional investors get access to top executives all year long.

“Companies should not use the pandemic as a cover for silencing their investors,” New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who administers the state’s roughly $194 billion pension fund, said in a statement to Reuters. He said he wanted companies to use virtual meetings as a supplement to in-person shareholder gatherings, not a replacement.

Questions avoided this year ranged from online auctioneer eBay Inc declining to name directors who did not attend its online meeting to drug maker AbbVie Inc avoiding an inquiry on whether it would raise the cost of drugs during the pandemic.

“As long-term investors, we were disappointed our question wasn’t answered by AbbVie,” said Kate Monahan, shareholder engagement manager at the Friends Fiduciary Corporation, which invests roughly $480 million based on religious Quaker values.

She said she also posted her question on social media to attract attention but has yet to receive an answer from AbbVie.

Abbvie did not respond to a request for comment. An eBay spokeswoman said the company’s shareholder meeting was well attended by its board, and that it focused on questions more relevant to its business “out of fairness to other shareholders.”

Shareholder advocacy groups, including the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), last month asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to look into the issue, including companies avoiding questions or not allowing shareholders to speak during virtual meetings.

An SEC spokesman declined to comment. The securities regulator issued guidance in April instructing companies to be clear about how shareholders “can remotely access, participate in, and vote” in online meetings.

The New York State Common Retirement Fund, overseen by DiNapoli, voted against the re-election of directors sitting on the governance committees of AT&T Inc and Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s boards this year for restricting investor participation at their virtual meetings.

Berkshire Hathaway did not respond to requests for comment. An AT&T spokeswoman said via e-mail that its decision this year to tweak the format of its shareholder meeting, allowing the company to read comments on proxy proponents’ behalf, “lets us efficiently address the matters to be voted and then move on to additional content.”

A spokesman for the fund said it will vote against directors of companies that do not meet CII’s standards for virtual shareholder meetings.

Proxy advisory firm Glass, Lewis & Co, which many funds turn to for advice on how to cast their shareholder votes, is considering recommending against directors at companies that ran this year’s virtual meetings poorly, its head of research and engagement Aaron Bertinetti said.

TECHNICAL GLITCHES

The snubbing of the activists has not always been intentional. As the pandemic spread in the spring, some companies had to switch to virtual meetings with little notice, resulting in technical glitches.

“The technology is just catching up with the need to make virtual meetings the best in class,” said Lawrence Elbaum, a partner at law firm Vinson & Elkins LLP, who often works with companies challenged by activists. He added that investors can also contact companies through investor relations and by writing letters any day of the year.

Some activists argued, however, that public pressure on companies at shareholder meetings is more successful in triggering change. They pointed to oil major ExxonMobil Corp’s move in 2018 to provide investors with a report on the impact of climate change after shareholders won a high-profile vote at its annual meeting the previous year.

“Virtual meetings provide another tool for companies who don’t like dissent to shut it down,” said Doug Chia, the president of corporate governance consulting firm Soundboard Governance LLC.

(Reporting by Jessica DiNapoli in New York and Ross Kerber in Boston; Additional reporting by Svea Herbst-Bayliss in Boston; Editing by Greg Roumeliotis and Cynthia Osterman)





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When is the Brownlow Medal 2020? AFL could hold virtual event, Queensland


The AFL will consider all options for a Queensland Brownlow Medal – including the drastic option of a virtual event – as it safeguards its finals series from coronavirus.

The Herald Sun understands the league’s working group will report back on options by the end of next week for an event likely to be held in the days after Round 18.

That timeslot would allow the league to hold the event with the majority of its players in attendance, having just finished the home-and-away season in Queensland.

But there are biosecurity risks with holding a function for hundreds of players given the AFL would need to guarantee a clean event that didn’t expose players and potentially partners to the risk of coronavirus.

There are club fears around putting players who have been in strict quarantine and high performance hubs in a venue with catering and security staff in attendance.

The league would have to be confident a waiter or security guard had no chance of passing on the virus to a group that would literally be the AFL’s best and brightest players, some about to play finals.

The AFLW best-and-fairest in April was awarded to Carlton’s Madison Prespakis after the league streamed its award on video platform.

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That is one option for the AFL if it cannot guarantee its biosecurity protocols have been as tight as they have in recent months.

Queensland continues to boast extremely low COVID positives but the league’s determination to avoid risks that could derail the season will intensify on the eve of the finals.

The league will have to be confident the risk is close to zero to hold an event, which would include social distancing and only a small group of players in attendance.

Whether the AFL would invite wives and girlfriends who have been in quarantine hubs is another consideration given the red carpet has become a significant part of the night.

The league will also have to consider the future of a range of awards nights including its MVP, All Australian and Rising Star awards.

Brownlow Medal winner Shane Crawford has backed the event to be held on the Gold Coast after he won the 1999 Brownlow Medal when the ceremony was held in Sydney.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said recently the state would love to host the award, which has only moved outside of Melbourne once in its 97-year history.

“Of course I would love to see the Brownlow Medal here in the Sunshine State,” Palaszczuk said.

“Queensland would be the perfect place for the glitz and the glamour of the Brownlow and it makes sense if we’re going to be the temporary home for the AFL.”

PREMIER’S VICTORIAN RALLY CALL FOR GRAND FINAL LOCATION

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on Victorians to rally behind Queensland as the destination of choice for the AFL Grand Final.

The league is set to make a call on where the decider will be played at the end of this month, with the chances of the MCG – the traditional and contracted home of the game – hosting the match deemed incredibly slim due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis in Victoria.

Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Perth have all expressed a desire to host the game, which could be staged outside of Victoria for the first time in the history of the VFL/AFL.

Palaszczuk said that the sunshine state would be ready if required, but was waiting for the league to make its call.

“But we are having some close talks behind the scenes,” she said on Monday morning.

“We’re going to work very closely behind the scenes.

“And if the decision is made for it not to be held in Melbourne, Queensland has hosted the bulk of the competition and I would hope that people living in Victoria would also support Queensland.”

Palaszczuk would not be drawn on how much money could be involved, and said “we’re not at that stage at the moment”.

“Like I said, we need the AFL to make their decision,” she said.

“This is a very tough decision, because let’s face it – it has never left Victoria. But Queensland does stand ready, willing and able to host if it is unable to be hosted in Victoria.”

If the season continues without a pre-finals bye, the game is slated to be played on October 17.

South Australia continues to push its cause for hosting AFL finals, including the season decider.

“The South Australian Government is developing an official proposal in line with the AFL’s request,” an SA government spokesperson:

“South Australia is well placed to hold finals given our exemplary health record and the facilities we have on offer at Adelaide Oval.

League boss Gillon McLachlan has been open that he would not intend to go head-to-head with the Caulfield Cup, or the 150th Cox Plate the following week if the bye was implemented.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said on Friday that it was still too soon to make a call on moving the game away from the MCG, and said the state government and sports Minister Martin Pakula were engaged in conversation with the league.

“We’ve got a contract in place so we would seek to add a year at the end of that contract if the event can’t occur here,” he said.

“We’re doing everything we can to make sure that it does, but it is a long way off.”

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