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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 664


Senator SIEWERT ( Western Australia Australian Greens Whip ) ( 15:47 ): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 204 standing in the name of Senator Rice for today, relating to the AFL Women's League, before asking that it be taken as a formal motion.

Leave granted.

Senator SIEWERT: At the request of Senator Rice, I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) Australian Rules football fans have wholeheartedly embraced the AFL Women's league, which drew crowds exceeding 50 000 people in its first week and secured bumper television ratings, and

   (ii) women's and girls' participation in Australian Rules football has seen enormous growth in recent years, and the launch of an elite level national competition provides an inspiring level to which players can aspire;

(b) congratulates the players, coaching staff, supporters and clubs involved in the inaugural season of the AFL Women's competition; and

(c) calls on the Government to take action to support women's participation in Australian Rules football and to support fair pay for its professional players.

Question agreed to.