I guess even if the AFL are successful in their application for a security bond it doesn’t necessarily mean that the case won’t go ahead. From memory, Jackson expressed something about this time being different as there were people in the background who were committed to seeing the process through. Presumably that meant financial backers and maybe that backing would include stumping up the security? Jackson must have assumed that a bond would be sought, so confidence about it being seen through to the end would have to allowed for that.
It would still be fantastic if the AFL’s application was dismissed of course, partly because of the money it would save Jackson’s team, but also because it would indicate that the magistrate considers that there is sufficient public interest in the case to warrant it being heard even if the plaintiff couldn’t afford the bond.