Kevin Humphries on ban: confirms he will ‘cross the floor’

BARWON MP Kevin Humphries has spoken out in support of the New South Wales greyhound racing industry at a press conference held at the AgQuip Field Day in Gunnedah.

Humphries, whose electorate encompasses approximately 44 per cent of the state, slammed the Government for its decision to push for a ban on the sport.

“I didn’t join the National or Coalition Party to support the Greens policies or a minority group’s policy,” Humphries said.

“In 10 years as a local member and an ex-minister within Government I have got a pretty good idea of how the system works and this is not good process.

“We have been a good Government up until this point, but not on this issue – we don’t leave people behind.

“I don’t think [the ban] has been well thought out at all.

“If the current legislation progresses, basically all they are doing is pushing a problem, or a perceived problem, elsewhere – I don’t think that’s fair.”

Humphries said he has proposed a three-year moratorium to be considered in order to give the industry a chance to show it is capable of reform.

“There is opportunity to step up… I have put forward a three-year time space to work with the industry to make sure it gets back on track.

“The McHugh report was based on pre-2015 outcomes and a lot of what he has said has been withdrawn – he basically has said that the report was never set up to shut down the industry – it was something to be used on the basis of reform.

“Whilst there needed to be some fundamental change within the industry… the breeders, owners and trainers were well on the way to achieving those outcomes.

“To say that the industry has not made significant gains in the last 12 months is clearly not true.”

Humphries said the ban would have an unjust and far reaching effect on many communities within the state, particularly in regional areas.

“If you look back at what the industry has done, many of those people can be very very proud of what they have achieved.

“I think they have been unfairly treated, the decision making process has been in haste, I don’t think that proper due diligence has been done on the industry to access not just the economic impacts of 15,000 people directly, but the social impacts of what a loss or a ban of this industry means for the broader community, particularly in our country and regional communities.”

Humphries said some of the key assumptions used to back the ban are flawed and stated he has fears for the future of the National Party if the legislation is passed through the Parliament.

“I don’t accept that the viability of the industry is in trouble – this industry is profitable and contributes to the community in so many ways.

“It’s poisonous, particularly for National Party members, when our constituents have spoken against [the ban].

“What’s next?

“The reality is we have opened up a Pandora’s box on this issue, it needs to be put back in the box, the legislation needs to be taken off the table and more consultation needs to take place.”

Humphries said he will cross the floor if required to show his support for the good people within greyhound racing.

“I won’t be supporting the legislation to ban the industry, my colleagues know that…the leadership within the Coalition know that and if I have to cross the floor if that legislation is tabled, not only will I cross the floor but I will speak in support of the greyhound industry and why I am not supporting the ban.

“The precedent for this is significant and I think members of parliament from all walks of life realise that.

“I know a number of my colleagues have been quite public about their support for the greyhound industry and they don’t support that ban – I would expect that support to continue.”

Past Discussion

  1. What’s next?

    “The reality is we have opened up a Pandora’s box on this issue, it needs to be put back in the box, the legislation needs to be taken off the table and more consultation needs to take place

    can it be done though?

    someone has to convince BAIRD to ease up,and give that moratorium.

    people are working on plans to secure welfare etc;,but somehow BAIRD wants it rushed through and out of the way.

    HUMPHRIES needs to get more support and more floor walkers.

    get to it me lad.

  2. Kevin Humphries is a great bloke who works tirelessly for his electorate and is a voice of reason and has the intelligence to see this goes far beyond the dog track. Thank you Kevin.

  3. dogem53  With respect Dogem Baird will never change his mind and how about a bit of praise for those who are doing the right thing by us. In John’s absence -you need to calm down a little bit. I know you are enthusiastic but praise when praise is due.

  4. http://www.themercury.com.au/news/politics/dead-greyhound-wee-fire-named-in-tasmanian-greens-list-is-living-happily-in-retirement/news-story/eea8da3c626b5ec0fbd39bb53daf443a

    HERE IS THE AORTA WE HAVE BEEN SEEKING.

    THIS IS A BLOODY DISGRACE AND ATTENTION NEEDS TO BE DRAWN TO IT AND USED AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW PATHETIC THE GREENS ARE.

    QUOTE….” IT IS HARD TO GET ACCURATE DETAILS ON WHAT IS ALIVE OR DEAD”…

    this is damn outright slander to the owners,the industry and people in general.

    this stupid woman has made a dick of herself,and that PANDORAS BOX,has just re-opened.

    KP, follow up on this one mate.

    mad. I am seething right now. seething.

    Greens MP Andrea Dawkins………..you idiot and filthy liar.

  5. “Getting information about greyhounds who have died or are missing is challenging,” the MP said.

    “It’s unfortunate we are forced to rely on the information compiled by animal welfare activists.”

    oh lord, give me a tranquiliser. I am going off my f…. head here.

    HUGH.DAVE.ARON…………COME OUT.COME OUT WHEREVER YOU ARE…..come face me.

    that statement alone is a catalyst for revenge.the RAY HADLEYS of the world will be onto this. that GREENS POLLY WACKER will be inundated now. good luck chick,BAIRD may send you a PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW YOU CAN STUFF UP WHAT I TRAINED YOU TO SAY…..

  6. Deborah555 dogem53 .huh?

    I am siding with HUMPHRIES DEB. read it again!

    I said He needs more support to cross the floor. in other words,more pollies to cross over with him.cant do it on his own.

  7. Deborah 

                    Kevin Humphries  is one of just a very few politican   that care about their constituency. I for one could say i am proud to have been able to work with him  back in 2008 CEO Hogan put forward a controversial draft proposal to cut back NON-TAB racing  across NSW  . Now Kevin with  Reps from his clubs  went to the MInister   Graham West  and was blunt We’re not taking any cut backs  and urged all effected clubs to “file a shot, sharp ” submission  to GRNSW  as well garner local council and the community support  These Country tracks are viable and has good community support ,greyhound racing is a part of the Town’s Fabric.  I like many others  are thankful for what Mr Humphries is doing for the Greyhound Industry and if country People had the right of choice to pick a leader  who’s got the Country People at heart Kevin Humphries would be the only  one who show’s leadership .”not like lap dog Grant   ” By the way Hogan back down with his proposal !

  8. Andrea Dawkins MP

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    I WOULD BE SENDING A PLEASE EXPLAIN EMAIL TO MADAM DAWKINS AFTER HER DISASTROUS ATTEMPT IN STUFFING UP ON A SUPPOSED DEAD GREY.SHE IS AT IT AGAIN WITH FACTS AND FIGURES OF DEAD DOGS OVER CERTAIN PERIODS. BETTER HAVE HER FACTS RIGHT FOR HER SECOND ATTEMPT AT DESTROYING TASMANIAS INDUSTRY.I CAN SEE THAT THE NEXT STATE FOR ATTACK IS TASMANIA.

  9. dogem53  I have been watching the response to this and I think it is backfiring. There is a saying “if you give some people enough rope they can sometimes hang themselves.”

    I think aside from the social media nut job AA set  others appear to be wondering just what this woman is doing when she is being paid to help run Tasmania. We will keep an eye on her though.

  10. BobWhitelaw  Yeah he’s a good bloke and some of the others are good people too Katrina Hodgkinson has been speaking out right from the start and Peter Phelps he’s a top bloke as well. These people are astute and intelligent enough to know this decision goes far beyond the dog track. The greens are just drunk on their own moral self importance to actually do anything useful  in any area of politics and this shot in the arm from Baird has seen them coming out of the woodwork like cockroaches all over the country – do any of them actually have an economic policy?

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  12. Like most  Politicians Australians are Brain Dead.Most Australians around 43% believe other medal-winning Sports required far more Federal Cash to a achieve success, Now lets look at the cost and the damage to our pockets and the cost of the sports to get to Rio over the last 4 years ! Archery,1 medal government Funding .5mil, Athletics 1*medal mil, (*means still under way) Basketball medals 0 * mil, Boxing Medals 0 .4mil, Canoeing medals 1* mil, Cycling medals 2* mil Diving medals 1* 8.4mil Equestrian medals 1* .4 mil, HERE’S the best one GOLF medals won 0 mil the riches sport in the world ,Gymnastics  medals won 0 mil Hockey medals 0 .5mil Rowing 3medals  mil Sailing 4 medals mil shooting 1 medal .6 mil Swimming 10 medals mil Triathlon medals 0 .4mil  waterpolo medals 0 mil Vollyball Medals 0 mil   a total over 4 years $ 274.2 million and that don’t include what the state government and other sources have put in . These Bastard have been given the right  to run the Country  and Joe Hockey  said we must must tighten our belts,LOL but here’s best one Morrision is saying we must live within our means, and  the God of all LIBRALS’  PIG IRON BOB  said once when you surround your self with idiots you can do what you like ! you might ask what has this  got to do with Greyhound Racing, a lot our income for many years  through Taxes subsidizes these sports and bastards have the hide to shut it down WAKE-UP AUSTRALIAN’S you have been had again !

  13. BobWhitelaw .bob.

    it is well known,we are minnows in a large set of oceans. we are damned if we do,and damned if we don’t.

    yes, we can vote parties in to power,based on political promises,and then the same thieves take away the promises and sell us all short. and so the cycle of political jousting begins again.

    bob, not sure if you served in the forces,but honestly,how many men and women,would have preferred we stay out of wars? and if you abstained from national service,you would be charged. damned if you do,damned if you don’t.

    just minnows in a world of political madness,and regardless of our preferences,it will never be gotten right,never. so we just exist and do ,what they want us to do.

    until we become a communist country! and believe me,that is not that far off the way we have power governments selling off our most valuable assets. stopping this ridiculous approach is the only way we as people can slow down this grab for asset riches today,but ignore where we stand in the future. and that is where all governments make their mistakes. they disregard what the future will behold for those coming through.

    as for allocation to say sports,bob, we are entitled to get something back from the thieves before it all goes…..lol

  14. BobWhitelaw  Yes there are some strange ideas in the community about racing costing the taxpayer money when the truth is it pours money into government coffers. The other day some AA twit ( and what the hell it had to do with racing was beyond me) stated  that smokers cost the health system 7.6 billion dollars when that is what they actually contribute to the government in taxes) and their health costs considerably less. That’s the trouble with social media fake book – everyone is a legend.

    I don’t mind money tax payer funding sport even though I am not interested in it myself lots of people are but the behaviour of some of these spoilt brats and Kitty Killer has been pathetic.

    “oh the pool smells” while millions of people in Brazil have no access to any clean water. “there’s rubbish in the lake” while millions there are homeless and the golfers ” we might get Zika” not a bloody word about help for all those babies and their mothers in desperate trouble. Spoilt brats doing nothing for international relations.

  15. JAMES QUINLIVIAN I BELIEVE IS AUTHORS NAME.

     What if I was borninto an Islamic family. I grew up as a Muslim. I went to a Muslim school andprayed to Allah 5 times a day as my religion demands. My wife wore a scarf overher head.

    In Australia, my Government would welcome me.

    What if I was born a homosexual. I never had any sexualinterest in girls when I was young. I discovered love for another man.

    In Australia, my Government would encourage me.

    What if I was refused a job because I was an Aboriginal. OrAsian or African. Or Female. Or 60 years old. Or fat.

    In Australia, my Government would demand equality.

    What if I spent my adolescence as a petty criminal. Grew upwith the wrong crowd. Spent a decade in and out of prison, then took a once ina lifetime opportunity to smuggle some heroin back from Thailand. But I gotcaught and sentenced to death.

    Being an Australian, my Government would defend me.

    What if I was a gifted student. Aced all my universityexams. Got a walk-in job at Macquarie Bank. Worked my way up a few levels.Headed an offshore investment department but got a bit greedy and embezzled 27million dollars.

    In Australia, my Government would sentence me to 6 months injail with 5 months suspended and ask me to pay back 0.7cents per dollar.

    But what if my parents were greyhound trainers. I walkeddogs in the morning before school. Picked up poo for as long as I can remember.Spent an hour after school grooming and changing water bowls. Christmasmornings, even my own birthday was ‘do the dogs first then open your presents’.What if I had taken over the business and was teaching my own kids thedisciplines of the sport and the importance of every greyhound trainers mantraof ‘the dogs come first’

    Well in Australia, I would be living the dream.

    Unless I lived in New South Wales, where right now, my lifewould now be a nightmare.

    Premier Mike Baird, you are a Christian. Therefore you areanswerable to God.

    I too, am a Christian and answerable to God. So I can neverforgive myself if I don’t give you this warning.

    If you can go into your room at night, by yourself, turn outthe light and say to our Creator ‘My Lord, please give me strength to continuethe shutdown of the greyhound industry because I truly believe it is the bestoutcome for the welfare of the animals’ then Mike Baird, you are truly a man ofstrong personal conviction and I respect that.

    However, if you are destroying peoples lives for politicalgain, if you have manipulated this outcome in any way and dressed it up asanimal welfare, if you are ignoring the truth in favour of greed, then MikeBaird, the Lord will have a special place set aside for you.

    Heed my warning Mike Baird.

    “He who exalts himself will be humbled. He who humbleshimself will be exalted”

    Matthew 23:12 Luke 14:11

    “He has brought down Princes from their thrones andexalted the humble”

    Luke 1:52

    “A mans pride will bring him down but a humble spiritwill obtain honour”

    Proverbs 29:23

    “The bows of warriors are broken, but those whostumbled are armed with strength”

    1Samuel 2:4

    absolutely brilliant piece. well done JQ.

  16. BobWhitelaw  If he is then a few of them have miscalculated how far this proposed ban has gone. People in any area of country life and agriculture are concerned. What next?

    The National Party seats must be in jeopardy and if they think people will forget about it all in the next two years I think they are kidding themselves.