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October 16, 2021

Racing minister meets with local greyhound clubs

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NSW Minister for Racing Paul Toole has met with northern rivers greyhound racing clubs to discuss the industry’s future ahead of the NSW Government’s response to the recently released Greyhound Industry Reform Panel report.

The panel, which was headed by former NSW premier Morris Iemma, was set up after former Premier Mike Baird sensationally backflipped on banning the industry last year.

Mr Baird had imposed a ban on greyhound racing in July 2016 in response to the Special Inquiry into Greyhound Racing in NSW.

The inquiry had uncovered evidence of widespread live baiting and other illegal activities including the administration of prohibited substances. Baird overturned the ban in October following protests.

Minister Paul Toole, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis at Lismore Greyhound Track. (supplied)
Minister Paul Toole, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis at Lismore Greyhound Track. (supplied)

Since then, the panel has provided 122 recommendations to ‘restore public trust in the industry’.

It has recommended a new best practice governance structure that separates commercial and regulatory functions by establishing a Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission with broad investigative powers.

It also supports an enforceable code of practice for greyhound welfare, whole-of-life registration and tracking of dogs so their whereabouts are known, licensing and accreditation requirements for all industry participants, and restrictions on the keeping of small animals on properties where greyhounds are kept.

During his northern rivers visit, Mr Toole said the government had made it clear that the industry was to be given a real chance of reform but it was important that the industry meets community expectations.

‘Like many other clubs across the state, for those in the Lismore and Casino clubs it’s more than just an income or hobby, the greyhounds they care for and train are part of their families,’ Mr Toole said.

About one hundred people gathered in Lismore to protest against the greyhound racing industry last  year. (supplied)
About one hundred people gathered in Lismore to protest against the greyhound racing industry last year. (supplied)

‘We are currently considering the 122 recommendations made by the reform panel and I encourage everyone to read the report and have their say.’

Member for Lismore Thomas George said he was pleased Mr Toole was talking to local greyhound clubs about the industry’s future.

‘Most people in the greyhound industry do the right thing, that’s why the NSW Government is committed to the future of the sport,’ Mr George said.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said greyhound racing is a very significant industry in regional areas.

‘The Northern Rivers region has four greyhound clubs and contributes an enormous $14.3 million annually to the local economy,’ Mr Gulaptis said.

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  1. Greyhound racing is a disgusting abhorrent practice involving animal cruelty. It is banned in most civilised countries. Australia is one of the most cruel countries in the world for animals. The Live Export Trade feeds the coffers of corporations–like Gina Reinhart and her Chinese partner from Shanghai Cred Corporation. It has nothing to do with jobs for Australians as our lying government tries to tell us. More Australians would be employed if the animals were killed in Australia and their meat exported.

  2. Although the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel Report had some good suggestions there are areas of real concern. If live baiting is banned why are they fighting to allow piglets at training facilities and why are they fighting CCTV being installed at training tracks?
    One of the main issues of public concern was the number of dogs killed every year, many of them brutally bashed to death. When Premier Baird was discussing over turning the ban the industry agreed to limit the breeding of dogs to 2000 per year. There is now no mention of limiting the number of dogs bred and yet this was fundamental to the ban being lifted.
    We need to end this cruel industry. They have shown they are incapable of reform. Even with the spotlight firmly on them the death and injury rates have increased in the last 3 months.
    And with 85% of the NSW voters opposed to the industry why are the NSW Government giving them a $22 million tax break. This is a $350 million industry yet the combined tax paid by everyone in the industry was only $169,000 in 2014/15. If thousands of people claimed this was their livelihood why aren’t they paying tax and why isn’t this being investigated.

  3. You might be better served doing some good other than trolling greyhound sites, you might also get a job or do something constructive.

  4. Not sure what Gina Reinhart & live cattle exports have to do with Greyhound Racing. But you can’t go in & close a regional industry over night as Baird did. Where was Minister Toole & the National MP’s when Baird tried to destroy an important regional industry? They were asleep at the wheel! Had they been on the job Bairds ill conceived plan would never have taken off. As I see it Minister Toole & the MP’s are coming to this issue 6 months too late but I guess their belated interest is better than none at all.

    Getting back to the live cattle exports – the failure of the Nationals to stand up for regional abbatoirs and regional jobs is unbelievable. There are a host of options to choose from that would improve the export possibilities for farmers whilst maintaining jobs in the regional abbatoirs. Allowing live cattle exports to China is the lazy solution. But let’s be honest…..it is very hard for the Nats to say no to Gina when they took over $500,000 from her to ensure that Barnaby Joyce and Kevin Hogan didn’t get knocked off in the last election!


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