Greyhound industry shattered after ban passes through Upper House

THE New South Wales greyhound racing industry has been left outraged by the State Government’s decision to pair with the Greens Party and pass a legislation through the Upper House which will see the sport banned within NSW as of July 1, 2017.

The Legislative Council met on Wednesday morning and continued through until close to midnight, with the Labor Party, the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party and the Christian Democrat Party forming an unlikely alliance to fight the ban.

However, when all was said and done, the supporters of the sport didn’t have the numbers on their side, with the Liberals, Nationals and Greens pairing to destroy an industry which contributes over $335 million to the state each year.

“We are angry and disappointed that this ban has been rushed through the State’s Upper House,” said Brenton Scott, Chief Executive, NSW Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers’ Association (GBOTA).

“Opposition MPs were not even given time to read the bill before it was introduced to Parliament and the fact that this bill was presented first in the Upper House is very unusual.”

Scott was scathing of Premier Mike Baird’s tactic to pass the legislation through the Upper House first, which has been touted as a method of silencing debate within the Lower House.

“This is an important issue – it should have been dealt with in the appropriate, regular manner which involves proper Parliamentary debate. We continue to ask for a fair go for our industry. I don’t believe we have received a fair hearing.

“This decision, and the manner in which the Premier has forced it through the Parliament, will have far reaching implications for local communities and the agricultural sector.

“He has transferred power to animal rights organisations by his actions and people in NSW will only fully appreciate the wide spread impact of this decision in the years to come.”

Scott said the industry is refusing to lose hope, with the legislation still needing to be passed through the Lower House when Parliament resumes on Tuesday August 23.

“It is now up to the NSW National Party members and independent MPs to stand up for the rights of their constituents and to protect the wider community from the significant damage a decision to pass this through the Lower House will bring.

“Our case is also now before the Courts and our argument shows that the McHugh Report is not credible and it is this report that formed the basis of the Premier’s decision.”

Scott condemned the NSW Government’s move to fund a campaign to slander the industry using the public’s money and questioned the ethics and morals behind using a flawed report to spread anti-racing propaganda.

“We believe that the Premier’s decision to use tax payers money on an advertising campaign that promoted the data contained in this flawed report, when it has been widely shown to be wrong was a disgraceful action designed as much to convince members of Parliament as it was to confuse and mislead the community at large.

“We are firmly of the view that the many thousands of people affected by any decision to close the industry have been denied their judicial fairness by the manner in which this whole affair has been handled by the Baird government.

“We will continue to fight this decision through legal channels. It is our view that that bill should not be passed until the Supreme Court challenge and the validity of the Report on which the decision is based is determined.”

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dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

                                                                                      YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME ABC!!!!!!!

                                                                                                   CORRUPTION IN THE RANKS

                                   COME ON, LETS GET SERIOUS HERE. WHAT IS THE REAL REASON GREYHOUND RACING IS BEING BANNED BAIRD?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-26/working-dogs-not-cut-out-for-farm-work-find-new-homes/6883536

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

 Well all, local government elections are coming up in September, now us here in Cessnock will  be at the booths with placards condemning  The Liberals and the Greens for destroying the greyhound industry.We hope many others do the same in other locations across the state.. Wasn’t nice to see Mike Baird attending  the Church of England Church this morning in his electorate, Sorry i apologize i thought he was a Jew.

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

i  emailed Barnaby Joyce  and told him to ask Troy Casser Daley to serenade Troy Grant with the song (WHEN A SMALL TOWN DIES) 

GeoffWilson
GeoffWilson
4 years ago

dogem53 Gee they are stuck on this drowned thing a bit. Must get extra points for a mention of it.

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Pauline crushed the china deal on Baird not Morrison she got them by the balls this time around , keep up one nation

dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

https://www.governor.nsw.gov.au/contact/

please everyone, send sensible emails to the governor stating the unfair attack by bairds government and explain the rush through of the bill.

send to as many as you can to do same. he has to act.

dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw we need her on our side bob. someone needs to get in her ear. maybe a latte and a bowl chips will entice her to sit with us…..lol

kidding. I love the woman.

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

dogem Done sent email of to our man in the Senate Mr Brian Burston who once was on Cessnock Council . Now in over  states  get on One Nations web site  come on lets fire away,  i told him we were dirty they had the AJP third on their Senate ticket and that they were destroying good peoples lives  with their polices ,

dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw hi mate…I have sent an email to ONE NATION a week ago,and no reply as yet.

I agree, we need her party to more show up the corrupted governments tactics with there midnight jaunter. filthy night owls.

hey bob, I wonder if EVERYONE HAS TO BE IN ATTAENDANCE AT MIDNIGHT to pass a bill?

not sure that was the case?thought that was the job of the government whip to assure everyone was there during a passing of a bill?

dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

ALL GREYHOUND OWNERS ARE LIVE BAITERS WITH THERE DOGS?……….BECAUSE A FEW ARE.

ALL ANIMALS ACTIVISTS ARE INTO BEASTIALITY?………….BECAUSE A FEW ARE.

WATCH THEM FLY OFF THE HANDLE.

dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

                                         ” WE HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS ALL ALONG….BAIRD,LISTEN UP YOU DUMB RELIGOUS GOOSE.”’ Greyhound racing figure ‘skewed’ by ‘dead’ dogs The Australian12:00AM August 15, 2016 Save 1 SAMANTHA HUTCHINSON Property writerSydney A surge in greyhound registrations has cast doubt on figures ­relied on to shut the industry, with some of the new applications believed to be dogs previous­ly presumed dead. Greyhound naming applications have spiked fourfold to 1644 from a monthly average of 380 in July, when the Baird government moved to ban the sport. Some ­industry participants suggest that dogs previously counted as wastage — those killed because they… Read more »

dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2016/08/15/charges-over-threats-to-nsw-deputy-premier.html?ref=BP_LINKLIST_top-stories_SKY_charges-over-threats-to-nsw-deputy-premier_150816

whilst not the thing to do,i am not surprised this has happened.

I only spoke about this type of reaction occurring to a group of people,who asked why would people think like that.

the turmoil created,and the attitude of GRANT alone,is enough to tickle someones interest in seeking revenge.

but,we should be above being pushed to that level,regardless of what we may think.

defeats the whole purpose of a legal challenge,which if successful,will do more damage to them than a phone threat.

dogem53
dogem53
4 years ago

KATHERINE ERNST…….

is it possible to keep an open forum running?

I can see this slowly dissipating as it drops down the list?

I am sure kevin would like debate to continue. can you do something on this?

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Here Here no wonder we lose so many battles 

Hugh_
Hugh_
4 years ago

dogem53 Could you be any more childish?  I’m a member of the AJP, I’d be happy to meet you face to face on any occasion.  Why don’t you try offering some kind of coherent critique of which policies of ours you disagree with and why instead of just stereotyping and ranting like a 12 year old?  You’re the one that was recently saying how much you dislike the way people behave on the internet and prefer face to face communication, yet I seriously doubt you would carry on like this in person. Why is it that as soon as someone… Read more »

BobWhitelaw
BobWhitelaw
4 years ago

Why was charges not pressed against Grant  when he threaten  a pensioner in Dubbo  two weeks ago , is there a law for one ,and another for pensioner i think they call it AVO ?  

Deborah555
Deborah555
4 years ago

BobWhitelaw Yes I wondered that myself Bob, but then if your are a pensioner and you lie to ICAC you get sent to the court system and charged but if you are a previous premier you “have suffered enough” no further action taken,  Horse wastage  is okay apparently because rich people do that but dog wastage is ” horrendous, systemic cruelty” We now also have the Justice Department suggesting they may have breached privacy laws by sending out hundreds of private emails and could we just delete that email that should fix it. Apparently we evil dog people can be… Read more »