Upper House Nats Leader Fails to Rule-Out Track Closures
National Party Leader Duncan Gay has refused to rule-out the closure of the Bathurst, Coonamble, Lithgow and Mudgee greyhound racing tracks in Upper House Question Time today.
How many more will face uncertainty while the Government dithers on the details of their greyhound racing ban reversal?
Shooters Fishers and Farmers MLC Robert Borsak caught the National Party with their pants down in Upper House Question Time today when they failed to rule-out greyhound track closures in or adjacent to the electorate of Orange.
The tracks raised in Mr Borsak's question were those in Bathurst, Coonamble, Lithgow and Mudgee.
"The Nationals would have rural communities believe that they represent their interests, but they can't even secure the jobs and economic activity generated by rural greyhound race tracks," Mr Borsak said.
"Troy Grant already let the cat out of the bag that the Government is making policy on-the-run concerning greyhounds, and now Upper House Nationals Leader Duncan Gay has failed to rule-out track closures in and near the electorate of Orange."
"We have a strong candidate in Philip Donato for the by-election and many National Party members have come out of the woodwork to support him because the greyhound racing ban is the final straw - it tops-off a list of times that the National Party has failed rural communities.
Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party candidate Philip Donato said he wants to take issues of the electorate of Orange right to Macquarie Street.
"The National Party are resting on their laurels because traditionally no party has been an electable alternative to them," Mr Donato said.
"That changes with me. I know I can deliver for Orange because if the Government won't stand up for my electorate then the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party will block legislation in the Upper House.
"Our balance of power status gives us the strength that the National Party has always lacked," said Mr Donato.
Mr Borsak's question in the Upper House was as follows:
"Following the Government's admission today that they got it wrong to shut down the greyhound racing industry in New South Wales, will the Deputy Premier [Troy Grant] immediately rule-out the closure of Bathurst, Coonamble, Lithgow and Mudgee greyhound racing tracks?"
Download Robert Borsak's press release here.