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RUGBY LEAGUE

Mr Baird, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House acknowledges Rugby League as one of Australia's national sports and congratulates the players, referees, fans and administrators of the game on:

(1) the expansion of Rugby League into non-traditional geographic areas during recent years;

(2) the establishment of a Rugby League Foundation which will provide additional funding to junior development in regional areas of NSW and Queensland;

(3) the victory of the Melbourne Storm in the 1999 National Rugby League Grand Final in only its second year of operation;

(4) a rise in average game attendances of 30% in 1999 with over 3 million Australians attending NRL games in 1999; and

(5) the successful implementation of the 1997 peace plan between the Australian Rugby League and Super League which will see the NRL conduct a 14 team national competition in 2000.

Debate ensued.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.