Leaked Cabinet documents revealing the ACT Government’s deceitful plans to terminate the livelihood of people in the greyhound industry four months ahead of schedule and threaten them with jail time is utterly disgraceful, Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing Mark Parton said today.
An anonymous government insider alerted the Canberra Liberals to legislation surrounding the greyhound ban which is expected to be tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly next week.
Although the Government created a very clear expectation of a ban on June 30, 2018, the leaked legislation reveals the Government now plans to implement its greyhound ban in February 2018.
The legislation will also make it an offence to race or trial a greyhound, with a penalty of one year imprisonment or more than $10,000 in fines, or both.
“Here we have a former Uniting Church minister and the Minister for Mental Health spearheading legislation designed to kill the livelihood of a group of people without a shred of evidence to justify the move. To make matters worse, the Government now intends to compound the industry’s despair by speeding up that process and by threatening individuals with jail time if they do not comply,” Mr Parton said.
“Clearly there are individuals within the machinery of government who are so disgusted with this move that they could not continue in good conscience without at least leaking the information.
“The Labor-Greens Government is proud to facilitate illegal drug taking among teens; it is proud to defend the human rights of outlaw bikies who shoot up our suburbs but it will lock up a 70 year old man or slap him with a fine of more than $10,000 if he dares to throw a ball for his greyhound to chase, judging it to be a test of speed and therefore animal cruelty.
“People in the greyhound industry are just devastated, and they should be.
“The Labor-Greens Government has ridden its high-horse all over the livelihood of people in the industry and it is disgraceful,” Mr Parton concluded.