Green-Hugging Greyhound Racing Ban Prompts SFF to Target National Party Seats
Since the Nationals are pushing the Greens agenda on greyhound racing, we're offering ourselves as an electable alternative for rural voters by targeting every rural electorate at the next election.
Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MLC Robert Borsak condemned Premier Mike Baird and his National Party Deputy Troy Grant for their ban on greyhound racing that passed the New South Wales Parliament last night.
"This ban engineered by Mike Baird and Troy Grant has given The Greens the ammunition they need to start a national campaign against greyhound racing - which they are launching with controversial Senator Lee Rhiannon today in Canberra," Mr Borsak said.
"I'm sure that Baird's ban is part of a pay-off for The Greens' support of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's ill-considered Senate voting reforms.
"Since the Nationals and Liberals have chosen to side with The Greens and alienate their conservative base and rural areas, the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party will be fighting the ban in New South Wales. We won't stop!
"We will campaign against The Nationals in the Orange By-Election, and will be targeting all National Party seats, and some held by the Liberal Party, at the 2019 NSW election.
"Where the Nationals have failed to stand up for rural areas, we will succeed.
"The Nationals have become lazy when it comes to representing regional communities because in most seats there has not been an electable alternative competing against them. That will now change."
Mr Borsak said that the ban is not a certainty until July 2 next year and he will work with any party of Government who works to reinstate the greyhound racing industry.
"With Mike Baird and Troy Grant's leadership now on the rocks after last night's greyhound racing ban, and the possibility that both may be rolled by their respective parties, there is still a chance for the Liberal and National Parties to atone for their actions and repeal the ban under a new leader.
"The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party will work alongside anyone that is actively working to reinstate the greyhound racing industry after this unfair ban of an industry that was doing the right thing."