Blows continue for greyhound racing with leaked phone call

A TRANSCRIPT from a private phone conversation between a greyhound trainer and the former CEO of Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has been made public as the government continues to push for the industry to be banned.

The NSW government released documentation on Wednesday evening which was tabled at Parliament by Deputy Premier Troy Grant, discrediting trainer Tony Gannon who has been vocal in the fight to oppose the ban.

Of the two documents, the first was a transcript of an interview Gannon was part of during the Special Commission of Inquiry, the second being a transcript of a phone call between Gannon and former GRNSW CEO Brent Hogan.

The phone call was from Wednesday, February 11, 2016, days before the ABC’s Four Corners program titled ‘Making A Killing’ was aired.

Gannon had called Hogan after learning that other trainers had been caught on camera live baiting their greyhounds and was seemingly trying to find out further information.

“Two gentleman got caught getting a possum on – a possum for live kill,” Gannon said during the phone call.

“I don’t know why they didn’t go and bash them and take the camera. I’d have took the camera off them,” he later said.

The phone call was recorded by GRNSW, which records all calls ‘for training, quality assurance and probity purposes’ and was investigated by David Madden, an independent investigator engaged by the controlling body, in April 2015 – two months after the Four Corners program was aired.

Madden’s report was later used as part of the Special Commission of Inquiry, but it was also sent directly to Premier Mike Baird by interim CEO Paul Newson.

Newson sent the report to Baird and Grant on July 19, 2016, nearly one week after the announcement of his resignation and news that an administrator had been appointed to assist with the wind down of the industry.

Gannon is a part of the Greyhound Action Group which was instrumental in pushing for a Parliamentary Inquiry into greyhound racing back in 2013.

The Parliamentary Inquiry was chaired by Robert Borsak from the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party and was largely focused on overturning the inter-code agreement which dictates prize money distribution between the three racing codes as well as the alleged mismanagement of GRNSW.

The subsequent report tabled in March 2014 made 18 recommendations for improving the management of the industry, consultation with participants and separating the integrity functions of the controlling body.

Consequently, the state government failed to implement any changes to the sport of greyhound racing.

Past Discussion

  1.                                                          TROY GRANT SINKS PAUL NEWSON…….

    LOL, trust me,it will be out soon fro all to see.

    like BAIRDS TWEETER STUFF UP,now GRANTS own whipping-boy,PAUL NEWSON has been caught red- handed sharing secretive email reports.

    EVIDENCE WILL BE ON DISPLAY,AND NOW BRENT HOGAN HAS HIS FINGER RIGHT ON THE PULSE OF GRANT/NEWSON ACCUSING HIM OF WRONG DOINGS WHEN IN CHARGE……………..more coming.

  2. RAY HADLEY IS ONTO IT RIGHT NOW.

    WONDERFUL STUFF RAY…………NEWSON,DEAD MAN WALKING TUNE IS BELTING OUT ALL OVER THE RADIOS…..LOL

    U R GONE SON.

    where’s DAVE when we need an expert comment?

  3. KATHERINE, YOU HAVE IT WRONG HERE.

    HOGAN WAS SETTING UP A TRAINER NAMED GANNON,WHO OBVIOUSLY WAS NOT DENYING HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE INFAMOUS 4CORNERS TAPES.

    been confirmed on RAY HADLEYS radio show,exactly what was behind THAT CONVERSATION. you need to re-investigate what has taken place,and involve yourself with RAY HADLEY/HEDLEY THOMAS conversation today just on this topic.

  4. dogem53 I dont listen to Ray Hadley, he is a moron of the highest order. Feel free to tell him that, Im more than happy to say it to his face if he likes.

  5. I would speak out against Tony Gannon but Im afraid he might bash me … haha … what a wimp wet lettuce this Tony Gannon is. The reason they didnt take the cameras off them or bash them is because they were too stupid to notice they were being filmed. But then again no-ones ever gone broke underestimating the intelligence of the greyhound racing community.

  6. The “Australian’ Newspaper has outlined how Brent Hogan is being targeted unfairly and just as bad Clint Bentley a truly honourable, hardworking and decent person  is being humiliated by members of KordaMentha who are probably worried that their contract to dig up dead dogs using tax payers money might be looking a bit shaky. Newson stabbing good people on the GRNSW racing boards in the back and worse taking away their democratic rights. This arsehole has to go.

  7. DaveSampson75  What people may or may not have said is very different to the actions they take.  As for wimp well you’re the expert on that topic. I’ll call the  Police over an internet  comment that would not be deemed a threat- yeah I think you might be a sooky sooky mummy’s boy Dave.

  8. DaveSampson75  of course the other reason he didn’t take the camera or bash anyone was because he wasn’t actually there at the time.

  9. Deborah555 DaveSampson75 So then why did he call Brent Hogan? It was none of his business, and he needs to stay out of it. Nothing to do with him. 

  10. Deborah555 DaveSampson75 dogem53 Not true. I watch the ABC all the time and listen to speeches from Animals Australia or PETA or the RSPCA all the time (Latte in hand of course)

  11. DaveSampson75 Deborah555  A few days ago you were claiming that everyone knew and they did nothing now you are saying he should have stayed out of it. Make up your mind Davo

  12. DaveSampson75 u gamble dave?

    going by who you support,u better save ya bicky’s for more of those northern café lattes son………..lol

    you seem to back a lot of LOSERS DAVE………with all respect….ROFLMAO.

  13. DaveSampson75  Not everyone Dave just you and Jeff and Aaron and the greyhound anti racing rent a crowd and one desperate Premier and his two lap dogs.

  14. now I notice in the SAID EMAIL BETWEEN NEWSON/BAIRD highlights the fact that because HOGAN/GANNON were aware of the conversation being recorded(or were they 100% aware)it was OK TO GIVE SECRET INFORMATION FROM ONE TO ANOTHER…….considering it was destined to  ROYAL COMMISSION that had set legal precedents and that everyone was allegedly aware that NO EXCHANGES OF INFORMATION would be allowed if you didn’t want legal action against yourself.

    NOW STUPID NEWSON/BAIRD HAVE BROKEN THAT SECRET LEGAL LOCK……..oh my,wonder where that will lead to?

    JOHN TRACEY………..YOUR INTERPRETATION PLEASE.

  15. DaveSampson75 LOL…….he probably would DAVE.

    but I have to agree with you on this GANNON chap,who I have no idea who he is by the way,we do not need that type of person in the industry. so you win that one son.

  16. dogem53 I heard Ray’s interview this morning with Hedley Thomas, wonderful stuff.  This is corruption of the highest level.

    We need a Royal Commission called into this whole corrupt saga by Baird.  He is orchestrating this closure of the greyhound industry right down to the placing of Newson as head of Greyhound Racing NSW 

  17. JeffWhite4 Deborah555  51.4% of those replying to the Telegraph’s poll – I believe approximately 10,000 people (the last time I checked.) 30,000 signed a petition to overturn the ban. That’s the problem with people like you and Dave you are actually convinced that “everyone” should either think like you or already does. I don’t think your views are much more than your views.

  18. Deborah555 No, I was referring to the scientifically-conducted opinion poll by Essential Research that was published July 19. It found 55% of NSW residents support a ban on greyhound racing, with 27% opposed and 18% “don’t know”, and that majority support was found across all main political party supporters. No doubt that 55% has grown substantially since July 19, with the racing industry shooting itself in the foot about every three days since then.

    But I don’t expect boring old facts to stand in your way. Who needs facts when you can invent your own?

  19. JeffWhite4 Deborah555  What was the sample size Jeff?  Did you check for any conflict of interest? I don’t invent my own facts I like facts it’s just that you have this ability to make even interesting facts really dull- must be your special gift Jeff. Yes get off this site and start your own web page “Jeff’s amazing solution to sleep problems” and then just cut and paste all the shyt you write here. Should be a winner.

  20. JeffWhite4  PS if you reply to my first two questions can you do it later tonight just before I am going to bed so I can nod off straight away after reading them save me taking a sleeping pill. Thanking you in anticipation for these facts which  you could include as  a brief glimpse of  the first  chapter of your new book “Jeff’s Freaking Boring Facts Book”.

  21. and the buffoonery continues.

    trying to taint former GRNSW/CEO, BRENT HOGAN with association to MR. GANNON the confessor,has fallen flat on its face.

    even the snoop , who was paid to dig up crap within the GRNSW, fell for the old THIS IS ALL I COULD COME UP WITH MR. NEWSON…..if YOU WANT TO change its explanation around a tad you will be able to present this stuff to your mate BAIRD, and use it against the owners/trainers/breeders.

    WELL IT TURNS OUT STUPID NEWSON JUMPED (AGAIN) BEFORE HE SHOULD HAVE.

    that SNOOPS information does record conversations between GANNON/HOGAN, but alarm bells rang with others who came forward and denied that crap,highlighting the fact that GANNON & HOGAN despised each other.

    and HOGAN was setting gannon for a fall……..newson THINKS THIS IS GREAT NEWS,WE HAVE EVIDENCE ON THE PAST ceo DOING DEALS WITH A TRAINER WHOSE REPUTATION IS TARNISHED BY LIVE BAITING VIDEO,only to find out his SPOOF SPY even said this is nothing as my IN-DEPTH BACKGROUND CHECKING SAYS THESE TWO HATED EACH OTHER. I SEE ZERO IN IT PAUL NEWSON.

    but oh no, PAULLY WALLY again jumps up and says….my boss is going to love this. I will just tweak it a tad,and I will get that key position role I am desperate for……..MIKE, look what I have here!!!!!

    and along comes deputy dog TROY GRANT and believes the fallacy narrated to him by BAIRD/NEWSON, and in front of a journalist and MPs, sticks by the story as gospel………duck, here comes that flaming egg towards my face. instead of saying MY INFORMATION WAS INCORRECT,GRANT RUNS OFF LIKE A TURD OUT OF A BUTT….STRAIGHT DOWN THE PASSAGE, AND OUT THE CRAP HOLE…..SPLASH.

    the THREE STOOGES WERE HILARIOUS IN THERE TIME, BUT THESE THREE FOOLS,WELL THEY TAKE THE CAKE.

  22. dogem53  Yes if I was a national party member in the NSW government I would be seriously worried about this triad of fools and my chances of being re-elected. Consider crossing the floor consider a spill – in the national/liberal party team, the nationals. appear to be the only pollies who seem to give a damn about life outside the CBD although I think some of the liberals are starting to find this mess these three have created to be a worry as well. This is where  tax payer money goes paying this trio of fools?

    If Newson thinks Baird will reward him after this mess he is kidding himself. He might need to start a foundation to rehome himself.