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National Game TASLANIANS will whoie heartedly support their only woman Federal member, Dame Eriid Lyons, who, in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, re ferred to Australian rules foot ball as the national game. Her claim. however, was challenged by the Prime Minister (Mr. Chif ley). A congratulatory tele gram was sent Dame Enid by National Football Council secre tary, Percy Page, of Melbourne. For the benefit of northera foot ball followers the full text of the telegram was:-"Congratulal.ions on your stand. Most regrettable Prime Minister's obvious lack of knowledge of Australian sport. National football is the only Aus tralian sport truly originated in Australia, dating back to 1858 when the Melbourne Football Club was founded. National football is played throughout the Commonwealth. In Tasmania, W.A., S.A., Vic. and the Northern Territory, it is the pnly major football played. In N.S.W. and Queensland its popularity- is steadily increasing. Australians should be justly proud of the heritage given them by their forefathers."

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