Baird Places Greyhound Racing in the "Too Hard" Basket
NSW Premier Mike Baird today announced plans for a state-wide ban on greyhound racing, effective 1 July 2017. Just like other difficult issues, he's placed it in the "too hard" basket.
Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MLC Robert Borsak fired back at Premier Mike Baird's announced ban on greyhound racing, effective 1 July 2017.
"Once more, the NSW Government is putting another difficult issue in the 'too hard' basket," Mr Borsak said.
"Banning greyhound racing from 1 July 2017 will abolish a billion dollar industry because Mike Baird lacks the will to tackle the difficult issues of the day.
"An outright ban on greyhound racing is a huge mistake. Other sports where regulatory issues have taken centre stage have tackled them head-on without a blunt response like an outright ban.
"I'm also sure that the thoroughbred horse racing industry will be looking very closely at this decision and the reasons provided for it by the Premier
"Will the Premier rule-out a ban on thoroughbred racing as he appeases the 'animal rights' lobby, or is there more to be expected?
"There are other questions that must be answered.
"The biggest concern surrounds the future of existing greyhound racing sites: will the land be passed on to developers like the proposal for the Powerhouse Museum, or will it be allocated towards other community uses?
"This includes large tracts of land in urban areas and regional centres.
"The final question is whether the NSW Government be guaranteeing compensation to those involved in the industry, for job losses and loss of livelihood.
"Mike Baird and his Government have a lot to answer.