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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 28 March 2017) . . Page.. 1173 ..

MRS DUNNE: I present the following papers:

Health data issues—Copies of correspondence to:

Auditor-General from Mrs Dunne MLA, dated 6 February 2017.

Mrs Dunne MLA from the Auditor-General, undated.

Mrs Dunne MLA from the Auditor-General, dated 23 March 2017.

Canberra Greyhound Racing Club

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (4.31): I rise to praise one of Canberra’s iconic, great sporting clubs, which had a wonderful community event on the weekend which drew 12 other clubs together to raise money in the interests of community. The iconic sporting club that I speak of is the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club, which ran a very successful clubs challenge night on Sunday night in conjunction with their race meeting.

This was another great community initiative whereby the greyhound club invited sporting clubs to nominate local athletes to compete in a series of 70-metre sprints to qualify for the final of the clubs challenge later in the night. The heats were run between the races, with the contestants dashing between the 540-metre starting boxes and the finish line.

There were representatives from 12 Canberra and surrounding region sporting clubs. I will mention them: the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club; Gungahlin Eagles Rugby Club; Gungahlin Jets AFL; Gungahlin Bulls Rugby League club; West Belconnen Warriors, who brought a large and very loud cheer squad; Ainslie Tricolours from the local AFL; Belconnen Magpies AFL; Tuggeranong United soccer club; Belconnen United soccer club; Easts Rugby; Queanbeyan Whites Rugby Union club; and North Canberra Bears Rugby League club.

Supporters from these clubs swelled the already large numbers in attendance on Sunday night. There was a real carnival atmosphere, despite the fact that those opposite are mistakenly of the belief that greyhound racing is out of step with community values in the ACT. It was very clear to see that the community values what is going on out at Symonston.

I must make note to the Assembly that in annual reports hearings I asked the minister how he and the government came to the conclusion that greyhound racing is out of step with community values. Mr Ramsay took it on notice and wrote to us. I was expecting a scientific answer based on polling or a reference to a research document. But no: the only answer that Mr Ramsay could provide was that the result of the election was an indication that greyhound racing was out of step with community values. Mr Barr told us earlier that people were voting for light rail, but it seems they were not; Mr Ramsay assures me that they were all voting primarily to end greyhound racing.

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