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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.