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14
Dec

Labor must end uncertainty in greyhound industry

Opposition Press Releases

The Andrews Labor Government must not wait until the cover of the busy Christmas holiday period to release its plans for the greyhound industry.

When the draft Code of Practice for the Keeping of Racing Greyhounds was released in June, many greyhound industry stakeholders said it was overreach and would force them out of business.

Shadow Minister for Racing Tim Bull said Labor must release the Code this week.

“Labor’s silence on these reforms is the last thing on the greyhound industry’s Christmas wishlist,” Mr Bull said.

“Victorians want a greyhound industry that adheres to the highest standards, but many were concerned the draft Code would force them out of business as it appeared to be overreach and a banning of the industry by stealth.

“The Andrews Labor Government has left greyhound trainers and businesses in limbo for six months – they deserve certainty this week.”

Submissions on the draft Code of Practice closed four months ago, but Labor has not detailed the outcome of this process.

Many of the 1200 submissions outlined major concerns that will force them out of the industry unless significant changes were made.

“Labor’s Agriculture Minister has stressed several times that the original document was ‘only a draft’, while the Racing Minster has said ‘no changes will threaten the viability of the industry’, but for that to happen this document must change significantly,” Mr Bull said.

“It’s time the Andrews Labor Government released its final report to end this uncertainty and give the industry confidence around its future.”


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