The State Parliament should determine whether the greyhound industry in New South Wales should continue or not.

This was the first recommendation of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the greyhound industry.

It has been wilfully ignored by the Government following its announcement yesterday of an industry shut down from 1 July 2017.

The decision to shut down the greyhound racing industry will have significant implications for the Illawarra, including the world famous, Dapto Dogs, based in my electorate.

The Government should have consulted with State MPs in whose electorates’ greyhound racing facilities are located before making its announcement.

I note the Government has indicated that it will now develop a transition plan.

It is concerning that the Government has given only very sketchy details in regard to this transition plan at this stage.

I have been in contact with representatives of the Dapto Greyhound Racing Club yesterday following the release of the Special Commission of Inquiry report and the Government’s industry shutdown decision.

I will have further on-going discussions with the Dapto Greyhound Racing Club over the next few weeks.

I will seek to ensure that the interests of the Dapto Greyhound Racing Club, its employees and its assets are considered in any transition plan developed by the Government.

I note that some members of the Government have made public comments today labelling the Government’s decision a knee-jerk reaction and calling for a compromise.

The Special Commission of Inquiry has set down 79 conditions which could be implemented to reform the greyhound racing industry and its culture.

The report does contain disturbing, graphic and shocking treatment of animals, which no-one can – or should – condone.

In my view, the State Parliament should determine the question of whether the greyhound industry should continue or not in New South Wales.


8 July 2016