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Thursday, 15 September 2011
Page: 6189


Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (11:57): I, and also on behalf of Senators Wright, McEwen, Birmingham and Xenophon, move:

That the Senate—

   (a)   notes:

      (i)   the future of the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is in doubt, and

      (ii)   the South Australian Football Association was established in 1877 (later to become the SANFL) making it the oldest football league of any code in Australia and one of the oldest sporting codes in the world;

   (b)   recognises the coverage:

      (i)   is enjoyed by thousands of South Australians and football is intrinsic to the culture of this state and the nation as a whole, and

      (ii)   is consistent with the ABC's charter which refers to broadcasts that contribute to national identity and cultural diversity; and

   (c)   calls on the ABC to maintain its broadcasts of SANFL games.

Question agreed to.