WARREN Mundine has slammed Deputy Premier Troy Grant for his part in the greyhound racing ban, 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 2GB 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 NSW 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 CEO and Board of GRNSW 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 live baiting, 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 National] Party which was founded up near [Grafton]…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.”