Baird backflip on greyhounds racing ban

Major backflip: Mike Baird defends the ban in Parliament earlier this year. Picture: Edwina PicklesGreyhound racing is up and running again after a monumental backflip by the state government.
Nanjing Night Net

“I got it wrong,” Premier Mike Baird said today, announcing the industry would be given“one more chance”.

Mr Baird said former premier Morris Iemma would chair a panel that would oversee “anew regime, and ensure NSW greyhound racing is the cleanest in the country”.

He said there would be mandatory life bans and increased jail terms for live baiting and greyhounds would have to be registered for their entire lives, so they could be monitored.

The decision follows growing unrest amogNational Party MPs, who were threatening to dump their leader Troy Grant.

“I know a lot of people will be disappointed,” Mr Baird said.

However, there were two basis on which the new decision had been made.

The first was “a crescendo of feedback” from the community opposed to a ban, and the second was a report which found the industry was prepared to make a strong attempt to reform.

Mr Baird said no individual, government or other organisation was infallible.

“Sometimes you will get it wrong,” he said.

”We are listening.

“Any good government needs to ensure it does exactly that –thatit does listen.

“While we always will be prepared totake strong decisions, we also have to be prepared to listen.”

Mr Baird said the initial principles upon which the ban was based had not changed.

“The animal cruelty we saw cannot continue,” he said.

”The first path we chose was wrong, but there is a new path and I can assure you that our determination [is just as strong].

”The industryhas been given another chance.”

Mr Baird said the RSPCA had been invited to join the panel to be headed by Mr Iemma, which would also include industry and government representatives.

The panel would report back to the government by the end of this year.

Subject to the panel’s recommendations, legislation would be introduced early in 2017 to repeal the ban.

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