Mundine slams Grant for ignoring greyhound racing’s problems

WARREN Mundine has slammed Deputy Premier for his part in the , proclaiming he should have taken more responsibility for what was happening within the sport.

Mundine, who is also the chair of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and managing director of Nyungga Black Group, appeared on 2 on Thursday in response to comments made by Grant on Sky News.

On Wednesday night, Grant was a guest on Paul Murray Live where he condemned the greyhound racing industry, essentially saying it only had itself to blame for the ban which will see it become outlawed within as of July 1, 2017.

“The government don’t run greyhound racing – we don’t run the thoroughbreds; we don’t run the Standardbreds in harness racing – they are self-regulated industries,” Grant said.

“They get revenue from an inter-code agreement – 13 per cent for the greyhounds, they then get that money, it’s about 48 million per annum, and they spend it to run the industry.”

However, Mundine has now come forward questioning why Troy Grant never actively sought to identify and correct the problems within the industry, with the Deputy Premier’s only actions being to sack the and Board of and appoint Paul Newson as the interim CEO after the Four Corner’s Program titled ‘Making A Killing’ went to air.

Mundine asked why, given the McHugh report states between 10-20 per cent of the industry engage in , police haven’t been tasked with catching and convicting those participating in the heinous act.

“He said the government is not in charge of the greyhound industry – that’s a lie – the greyhound board is a statutory body…but the members of that board are appointed by the [racing] minister – and yet he said he had no power to do anything about it,” Mundine said.

“All he had to do was talk to himself. He is both the Minister for Police and the Minister for Racing so all he had to do was sit out, have a chat with himself and then go out and talk to police… then start going out and charging people who were breaking the [law].”

Mundine said it is shocking that Grant acted to support Premier Mike Barid’s ban on greyhound racing given that he is also the leader of the Nationals Party which was established to represent the interests of regional communities.

“[The ] Party which was founded up near []…these people were pro farming, pro cattle, pro sheep, pro pigs, [pro] jobs for people in the NSW country.

“Here we have the leader of that party, I don’t even know how he got to be leader, who is sitting in bed with the animal liberationists and greenies about destroying all these industries.

“The vast majority of people [in the greyhound industry] are just ordinary Australians…they are not rich people, they are just enjoying a sport, enjoying a bit of a flutter and having a good time.

“Yet their livelihoods and their culture is now being destroyed day by day by a bunch of lunatics who think its not right to eat animals, not right to wear woollen suits…and not to even have pets.

“[Troy Grant] had the power to do something about [the problems in greyhound racing], but he decided to jump in bed with the inner-city greenies and the animal liberationists.

“The industries of country NSW are under threat; our eating habits are under threat.”

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dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

what a champion of the HONEST cause is WARREN MUNDINE. what everyone is also forgetting,is the simple arithmetic of 13% signed for 99 years supposedly in great faith  between GOVERNMENT and supposedly a representative greyhound body who obviously by reports,were UNDER IMMENSE PRESSURE FORM THAT GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY,to sign that deal. WARREN, someone needs to get access to those documents,which so far seem to be very hard to obtain,and see why such a deal was garnished. TROY GRANT continually throws it in our faces,but what government signs such historic long legal binding deals knowing full well history will show revenue… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

dogem53 Mate, The industry Participants  meet with Labor,Christian Democrats,  Shooters Fishers and Farmers from 2012 telling them about the corruption  at many levels in the Industry, the closest we got to Baird or Grant   was Grant’s Chief Of Staff  Alex Bruce who promised a lot and never delivered on  one promise  .Right up to the release of  McHugh’s report  Grant did not want to know us .There were three inquiries into the industry the first one was the Cameron report by then Graham West the Minister (re the inter-code . The second the Upper House Inquiry. Third one The… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Great interview by Allan Jones  with Warren Mundine  this morning  2gb.com

Tony Cosentino
Tony Cosentino
4 years ago

The whole thing is a joke.The so called problems are so easy to fix. We have show dogs and we already do things to protect the dog. What I see the main problem is 1 blooding the dogs 2 over breeding and 3 the rehoming of the dogs  (1) Blooding dogs if not already can be main illegal. That is simple. Any one caught a 1st offense ,000 fine 2nd offence ,000 fine. 3rd offence ,000 fine plus 3 months jail plus bard from the industry in every way. Not to own dogs in any way. (2) Over breeding. Part… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Tony you are spot on ,some years back i went to grnsw with a proposal for some of us who have the infrastructure to deal with  Re Homing  of retired racers  .We have retirement villages  for retirees i say why not Greyhounds so i went down that road with area set aside for retired racers and financed it through a small fee to owners I had a great relationship with Greyhound Adoption Group ( which i won’t mention ) and adopted  many retired racers to good homes .That relationship collapsed when the live baiting was exposed by the ABC, and… Read more »

BJoe
BJoe
4 years ago

Tony Cosentino Tony, your suggestions are already out there and most  have been in place for the past 15 months.  Live baiting has been illegal for god knows how long and there are laws that exist to punish those that engaged in the practice.  Those laws should have been used when the ABC footage was shown.  They in fact were but most prosecutions were dismissed because of the manner in which the footage was obtained.  In short, the act of obtaining the footage itself was illegal.As for the fines you suggest, I don’t think that drug dealing criminals are subject… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Tony          Here is a extract from a commitment  from interim CEO Paul Newson when he was appointed by Troy Grant ,now Newson has come over from OLGR now the Justice Department .Mr Newson letter as follows ,My immediate TASK is to ensure the continued operations of Greyhound Racing in NSW while ensuing individuals engaged in misconduct are held to account and take immediate steps to enhance the  investigative and enforcement capability of Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) I am not in the Chief Executive role as the Greyhound expert, my role is to STEER the organisation while… Read more »