I agree with all of this. If this goes ahead it has the potential to take the game into new territory as a sport and contributor to Australia’s commitment to the South Pacific. I like it.My 50c worth. The money outlaid by the Feds for the PNG entry will do more good for not only the people of PNG 10million, but help in the security of the PIs/Australia and last but not least the NRL to increase the next TV deal value(are you "listening" Perff Red?).
By contrast we have the same Feds spending a large sum for a 23K stadium in Hobart that will assist the AFL and that's all.
If they choose not to ATT PNG ,I'm quite happy with Perth or NZ2.
The Feds as part of their overseas program already assist PNG financially ,but by doing so in addtiion for their national sport is a huge plus.
PNG has close emotional ties with Australia, particularly boosted by the help the PNG people did for our Aussie soldiers in WW2.Anyone who knows the story of the fuzzy fuzzy angels there will understand.