Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she wants more State of Origin rugby league games played in Queensland, but hasn't committed to any more money to ensure that happens.
There was outrage from north Queensland particularly over the NRL's announcement Adelaide would host a match in 2020, following games in Melbourne this year and Perth in 2019.
Four northern crossbench MPs wore maroon armbands on the first sitting day of state parliament on Thursday in protest, believing Townsville was more deserving as a heartland area.
In response to an opposition question, Ms Palaszczuk told parliament she was "angry and shocked" about the decision.
"I would like to see a State of Origin played in the Townsville stadium, which Labor is building," the premier told parliament.
"My government commitment is to build that stadium. Once it is built, it'll be the home of the mighty Cowboys, and we are very much behind the State of Origin team."
However, the premier did not detail any plans to bring a game to north Queensland, instead criticising the Liberal National Party for not condemning the federal government's proposed cuts to health funding.
Katter's Australia Party Queensland leader Robbie Katter was one of the maroon-armband cohorts on Thursday, and said they were determined not to let the matter drop.
"At the end of the day that's a question that needs to be answered by the government and the NRL, and I'm sure there's a lot of to-and-fro between them," Mr Katter told reporters.
"There's plenty more opportunities for them to exercise their muscle over the NRL and their relationship with them to ensure there's a game in north Queensland."