After copping intense criticism and slipping in the popularity polls, NSW Premier Mike Baird is expected to bow down to pressure and backflip on his controversial greyhound racing ban.
It’s predicted Baird will make the announcement at a cabinet meeting today, following a meeting of National MPs on Monday night.
The ban reportedly had lead the National MPs to consider unseating party leader and Deputy Premier Troy Grant if it wasn’t reversed.
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MPs Katringa Hodgkinson, Kevin Humphries and Chris Gulaptis argued the ban would be damaging for their regional electorates – and subsequently crossed the floor to oppose the bill with Labor.
It was eventually passed after 12 hours of debate, which would see greyhound racing across the state ceasing from July 1, 2017.
Mr Baird’s insisted the decision was about “doing the right thing”, following the results of a Special Commission revealing up to 68,000 former racing greyhounds were slaughtered in the last 12 years, and live baiting techniques were used by nearly one in five trainers.
It’s expected while the ban won’t be completely reversed, Mr Baird will introduce a third option possibly introducing a temporary ban and tougher industry standards and harsher penalties.
Also today, a report by Greyhounds Transition Taskforce will be presented by John Keniry.
Mr Baird’s approval rating took a substantial hit following the decision and his controversial “Lockout” laws, slumping from 61 per cent to 39 per cent.