Monday 10 April 2017
Backflips in politics should be reserved for bad decisions but last week the government and opposition joined forces to overturn the greyhound racing ban, which was introduced out of compassion for animal welfare following shocking revelations of cruelty. While the bill included some improvements to welfare standards, cruelty will continue because the industry is notorious for cover-ups and cruelty is party of the business model. A truly civilised society does not promote suffering and torture of animals for the sake of gambling and I voted against the bill. My speeches are HERE and HERE.
(Contribution to Debate, Thursday 06 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
The Greyhound Racing Bill reverses a compassionate government commitment made in response to a strong community campaign to end the cruel and archaic greyhound racing industry and move to a more humane society that does not treat animals as dispensable products or promote problem gambling.
The Greyhound Racing Bill overturns the ban on greyhound racing due to commence on the 1st of July this year and introduces a number of reforms to try to reduce the suffering of animals that has long been a part of the industry’s modus operandi.Read more
(Contribution to Debate, Tuesday 04 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
The Greyhound Racing Bill ends any prospect that greyhound dogs and other animals will be spared from considerable suffering at the hands of a cruel and archaic industry funded by gambling and government subsidies.
The Greyhound Racing Bill overturns the ban on greyhound racing due to commence on the 1st of July this year, while introducing some reforms so that it looks like serious animal welfare problems with the industry will be fixed.Read more
20 February 2017
Despite numerous exposés of serious and systemic cruelty in greyhound racing that a special commission of inquiry concluded could not be prevented through reforms, the government overturned its ban and established a panel to recommend improvements. The NSW Greyhound Industry Reform Panel has recommended a number of changes including an independent regulator with stronger investigative powers, an enforceable welfare code of practice and higher penalties for animal welfare offences.
While these mark an improvement on the status quo, cruelty is profitable and I will continue to monitor problems if the industry continues to operate. The report is HERE.
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Older and disadvantaged people in rural and regional areas have very limited transport options, with basic tasks like shopping, banking and going to the doctor a challenge, documented by our Legislative Assembly Committee for Community Services Inquiry into transport access. I encouraged the committee to include options for pet owners without cars in rural and regional areas and our final report found significant problems, recommending more work by Transport for NSW.
The outcome should benefit pet owners across NSW – the current rules for public transport are confusing and make it hard if you don’t have private transport, see HERE.
Monday 12 December 2016
You can still drop off toys, treats and food for cats and dogs to help animal shelters and rescue services, particularly at this time of year when they deal with an influx of dumped pets. My office is one of 20 collection points, information HERE.
8 November 2016
Join City of Sydney and Police officers and your neighbours Sunday 13 November 11am-2pm at Selwyn Street Paddington for a free BBQ, Feature Creatures mobile reptile show, children’s activities, live music and information about safety. Information HERE.
Monday 24 October 2016
Check out the Fusion Fiveways Fair on Saturday 29 October 12 noon to 4.30pm. There will be a dog show for 11 year olds and under, best dressed Halloween costume, food and wine tasting, 2 minute Soap Box talks, face painting and children’s story telling. Information HERE.
Monday 17 October 2016
NSW politics reached new lows with the major parties using animal cruelty as a political football. Parliament should close this cruel, small, government – and gambling – subsidised industry and I encourage you to attend the rally.Read more
Tuesday 11 October 2016
In Parliament, I again spoke about the vital role that pets play in our lives, while calling for action to prevent unwanted breeding, oversupply and dumping of animals, along with the need to reform rules for carrying pets on public transport and keep them in retirement villages. My speech is HERE.