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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Wednesday, 14 December 2016) . . Page.. 131 ..

Greyhound racing

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (11.46): I move:

That, in regard to Canberra’s greyhound racing industry, this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that this industry:

(i) generates or attracts in the order of $1.8 million of economic activity for the ACT;

(ii) has over 400 participants in the ACT in addition to those from the surrounding region;

(iii) has more than 50 local people dependent on it for their livelihood; and

(iv) claims a 37 year history of operations without a single allegation being reported;

(b) this Government has provided no evidence of any breaches of conduct or other stipulations placed on it by law or by other agreements or protocols, or evidence of convictions for such;

(c) Canberra’s greyhound racing industry claims a perfect record for protecting animals and fighting cruelty; and

(d) a former Minister for Racing and Gaming has been reported as saying there hasn’t been any evidence that anything inappropriate has occurred in the ACT; and

(2) calls upon the Government to:

(a) explain what conversations and engagement it has had with the ACT greyhound racing industry;

(b) advise this Assembly of the outcome of any consultation it has undertaken;

(c) give the ACT greyhound racing industry a fair go;

(d) allow the ACT greyhound industry the benefit of natural justice that all others in the community are entitled to;

(e) foster this industry to grow and prosper in the way it does for the Canberra Racing Club, the Canberra Harness Racing Club and other sporting and community endeavours in the ACT; and

(f) avoid decisions that would imperil the wellbeing of those Canberrans dependent on the greyhound racing industry and that would deny its patrons a legitimate sporting pastime.

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