Labor Party release a plan to clean up NSW greyhound industry

THE New South Wales Labor Party has released a plan which will put before parliament with the aim of reforming the greyhound industry.

It comes as the government is expected to introduce its legislation to outlaw the $335 million industry as of July 1, 2017, when Parliament resumes next Tuesday.

Since the announcement on July 7 by Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier and Minister for Racing Troy Grant, several Nationals MPs have voiced their concerns and threatened to oppose the ban.

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley expressed it is possible for the industry to reform, but said it is essential that National Party members stand up for the interests of those in country areas and join with Labor to overturn the legislation.

“The time has come for National Party members to stand up for regional communities,” Foley said.

“Abstaining from the vote won’t change a thing. The Nationals will need to vote with Labor to save greyhound racing. The greyhound industry will be shut down unless Mr Baird’s legislation is voted down.

“There are 16 National Party members in the lower house, seven of them in the Upper House – let’s see which of them are all hat and no cattle.
 
“There is a path forward to clean-up the industry and establish a regulatory body with a mandate for the highest standards of animal welfare.”

On Sunday, Foley and Shadow Gaming and Racing Minister Michael Daley unveiled their plan, based on the Special Commission of Inquiry Report handed down by Justice Michael McHugh, which parliament could follow to reform the sport rather than completely shutting it down.

The proposed legislation put forward by the NSW Labor party would include the establishment of a new regulator responsible for enforcing the highest standards of animal welfare, the separation of the commercial and regulatory functions of the sport and the implementation of severe punishments for those found guilty of animal mistreatment including life bans from greyhound racing and possible gaol terms.

As a part of the proposed plan, Labor would also prohibit the selling off of any public land which is currently being used for greyhound racing.

1700 full time jobs are expected to be culled if the ban comes into force, 1000 of which are in regional areas, while the sport also provides enjoyment to tens of thousands.

“Troy Grant as Nationals Leader has completely sold out rural and regional communities across the state. He is now just a puppet of the Greens and north shore conservatives,” Daley said.
 
“If the National Party won’t stand up for the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of people in country towns, then what do they stand for?
 
“Labor has said all along, it’s not fair to punish the majority of passionate, animal-loving participants in the greyhound industry because of the wrongdoings of a rotten few.”

Past Discussion

  1. Deborah555 must say I am smitten.

    didn’t really believe he would go all the way DEB ,but there you go, a politician with forthought. a rarity….lol.

    one would only need to make a phone call to the GRV and politely ask…”how did you get your model to work so well”

    is it that hard to just do simple things and share state secrets for the betterment of anything,not just greyhounds.BAIRD/GRANT seem to want to continue the state separation crap,but the GRV is so simple and workable,why cant it be implemented in the nanny state(who conjoured up that name?)

    a big week coming and wish all participants the very best in this chapter of greyhound racing and politics.

    just want an honest overview of the situation,and those in a position to get this ridiculous closure reversed,to do so. PEOPLE FIRST,BAIRD SECOND( with a huge gap in between).

    and if it is reversed and we get reprieved, for gods sake don’t blow it. work with the new guidelines,and stand up and away from the old habits.

    no egos needed in this country………..hey RUDDY boy.

  2. Luke Foley still hasn’t stated how many dogs would end up being wastage under his plan. I keep hearing the terms ‘minimise wastage’ etc .. which are nice, cosy terms. Lets get to some numbers shall we? What is an acceptable number of dogs to kill because they weren’t fast enough? 500? 1000? 5000? Lets see the industry put out a number to the general public and see what the public make of that number.

  3. John Tracey  Yes I am sure the Brothers at the private Catholic schools where some of them attended would be wondering just where they went wrong.

  4. DaveSampson75 how does/can one get to such numbers DAVE?

    can you? no.

    can we? no

    why?….because it has to re-set  the time clock from the day the new rules come into effect. it is already established that GUESSES have been used for figures, for this,that,otherwise

    why?

    because the stupid GA the so called KEEPERS OF THE BOOK,never thought that it was a requirement.

    so reset the timeclock,and start again. takes time dave,are you patient enough?

    is BAIRD? no he isn’t because it would SHOW ACCURACY,and that is disallowed in GOVERNMENT.

  5. Deborah555 John Tracey JESUS I HAVE A REPLY FOR THAT,BUT CANT USE IT deb…….brothers all over the world would descend upon me.

  6. DaveSampson75  Why would the leader of the opposition of the NSW Government need to justify anything to an internet troll. I repeat Aaron, Dave is trying to get your spot as the destroyer of the entire world’s racing industries (self appointed of course) you need to watch him.

  7. dogem53 Deborah555  People first, then animals and then Baird- well shipped off to become Ambassador to an island in the Pacific soon due to erupt.

  8. DaveSampson75 http://www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au/

    HOW MANY CUP-CAKES have you purchased in support of the mighty RSPCA,dave?

    bragging about there millions in the bank and the share portfolios,and assets(?) elsewhere, why call on hard up aussies to donate more to the cause?

    that’s right,must pay for those HUMUNGOUS WAGES at the RSPCA.DAVE.

  9. DaveSampson75 dave old mate you better get onto you local breeders of back yard mutts why don’t you care about that wastage

    also chickens once they cant be used for eggs are classed as wastage you don’t mind sucking down a chicken burger all those chickens,cows ect are wastage

    ex horse races (thousands of them wastage every year but baird aint going to open a royal commission into that ) why not

  10. impact DaveSampson75 Oh I do care about that wastage … one battle at a time. I can see the greyhound racing industry on its knees, so I want to make sure the knockout blow is delivered before moving onto the horses and backyard breeders.

    Chickens as a food source (ie the laying of eggs) is separate from putting down dogs purely because gamblers have no use for them. Apples and Oranges.

    Dont worry, the horse racing industry think they are safe … they are not … I can assure you of that …

  11. DaveSampson75 impact  Dave your delusions of grandeur are showing and your real motives, which are increasing becoming less about animal welfare and more about controlling, winning, on their knees, knockout – power which I would suggest is your real unaddressed need not a love of animals.

  12. http://www.grnsw.com.au/uploads/GRNSW-Org-chart-12.pdf

    I pasted this flow chart before on another topic.

    with plenty of tongue -in-cheek commenting,i asked;

    1. why is NEWSON still there.

    2. the staff under him in that flow chart,why are they still doing there.

    well,it appears that the staff under him,and some, DID RAISE THE QUESTION DIRECTLY TO PAUL NEWSON………PLEASE STAND OUT AS WE BELIEVE YOU ARE HINDERING OUR EFFORTS AND THAT OF GRNSW.

    NOW,BEING A  CAREER PUBLIC SERVANT PUT INTO THAT ROLE BY MIKE BAIRD, DO YOU BELIEVE FOR ONE MINUTE HE WOULD STEP ASIDE?…NO WAY FANNY. HE HAS THE SUPPORT OF BAIRD,AND MORE IMPORTANTLY,IF NEWSON DARE TELL THE PREMIER HE CAN SAVE THE INDUSTRY,HE WOULD BE OUT OF A JOB INSTANTLY.

    SO MY COMMENTS ON THT FLOW CHART HAD A BEHIND THE SCENES AGENDA.

    IT WAS KNOWN THAT THESE PEOPLE DID ASK NEWSON TO STEP OUT OF THE PICTURE,AND HE REFUSED.

    so now,are these people in danger of being removed themselves,and worse still, REPLACED BY MORE BAIRD PUBLIC SERVANTS? POSSIBLY.

    if that occurs,then BAIRD signs his own death knell. bye,bye,as his own will eat him alive. it is only then that his own will see what is the real MIKE BAIRD and what was his real agenda.

    mind you,we have all been filling him in,just that he can only read sermons,not forum truths.

    DEAD MAN WALKING.

  13. well big day today.

    one disturbing paste on another site has raised my hair on the back of my neck.

    so many people devoting much time to forums for the fight,only to have one embicile remark NOT ENOUGH AUSTRALIA WIDE SUPPORT.

    whilst understanding the edgy nervy feeling that person would have as the day draws near,turning on your own to release some inner tension,is EATING YOUR OWN.

    with the so called march on today,it is noted members from other states are making the trek to HYDE PARK,but some others on discovering that ONLY 50 WILL DESCEND ON THE STEPS OF P[ARLIAMENT TO HAND OVER THE REBUTTAL, thought the exercise was badly organised and more a spit at the PREMIER than a full bore in at him.

    obviously having no idea how the legal system works,how even there own behind the scenes preparation is being organised,this fool has driven a wedge between members now,because he is excited for the day and let his loose lips begin to sink the support ships.

    his statement declares all other states GOVERNMENTS AND CONTROLLING BODIES,should be there in face,not behind the scenes and then blames two states,QLD/VIC for being the filmed culprits states for live baiting and it is those 2 states that have brought this to todays outcome. what he has overlooked,is the barbaric use of animals by even his own STATE MATES,that eventually,by state law of there own,escaped any legal happenings. short memory son.

    and to be disgusted that thousands from other states should have come,WHAT ABOUT GOULBURN TRACK HOLDING A MEETING AT THE SAME TIME AS THE MARCH> WHERE IS THERE STATEMENT SUPPOSED TO BE…RACE MY DOGS OR SUPPORT MY FELLOW DOG LOVERS?……..THEYU CHOSE TO RACE, so your argument ther is lost and you are made the fool by your own kind.

    and one thing i say to him and a couple of his NSW buddies………..it was NSW  PREMIER BAIRD WHO DREW FIRST BLOOD. HE IS THE SOLE ENTITY WHO HAS CAUSED THIS FRACAS SON, not your fellow dog men.

    so all those travelling by car/bus/flight who come from other states for todays march,make it well known where you are from,and hopefully this guy,this fool,this single individual of a lost cause,will be pointed out and told in no uncertain terms,that we stand as one. no sole efforts in this fight son.

  14. dogem53 winner takes all dogem…. cant wait to.see what a rabble the protest will be. Shame its at 11 as I work only just over the bridge :) 

  15. DaveSampson75 dogem53 u lazy bastward dave. get some exercise with the ENTIRE BODY son,not just the mouth and index finger.even take the keyboard with ya,it needs a sunny break.

    geez, using that as an excuse not to CONFRONT the enemy!!!

    I AM BEGINNING TO WONDER DAVE YOU NOT AS TUFF AS YA SAY SON…..GET OUTTA OF THE OFFICE,BREATHE IN SOME FRESH AIR,TAKE A GOOD WALK DOWN TO HYDE PARK,INTRODUCE YOURSELF AS AN ANIMAL ACTIVIST,AND YOU WILL BE TREATED LIKE EVERY OTHER PERSON ON THIS PLANET…..I HOPE…………LOL

    cant please everyone dave.

  16. DaveSampson75 dogem53  So you do work do you Dave. I wonder what your employer would think about all the work time you spend on this site. I doubt they hired you to “spend hours furthering your own fanatical causes” unless of course Animals Australia has an office in North Sydney.

    I figured you spent a lot of time in trendy cafes I just wasn’t sure if it was Melbourne or Sydney, thanks for clearing up that little mystery.

  17. Deborah555 DaveSampson75 dogem53 LOL………good point DEB.

    I am gunna dob ya in DAVE…. just bought my new drone……….LOL