Greyhound ban passes NSW parliament after marathon debate

The Greyhound racing industry will be banned in New South Wales from next July, after legislation passed State Parliament.

It made it through the Lower House 49 to 30 just before 4.00am on Wednesday after a mammoth 12 hour debate.

Three Nationals MPs voted against their Government in an attempt to save the sport while one Nationals MP and one Liberal abstained.


ANDREW FRASER joined his Nationals colleagues in warning parliament the decision sets a dangerous precedent.

“I can’t support this legislation,” he said.

“The people that are out there saying what’s next, that’s what worries me.

“Do we bar people from driving vehicles because we have a higher than normal drink-driving record in the Coffs Harbour electorate?

“No we don’t. We try to educate them.”

Premier Mike Baird said he’s pleased the parliament supported the government’s decision to ban the sport, because it is the right thing to do.

The focus now will turn to winding down the industry and re-homing tens of thousands of dogs throughout New South Wales.

Anyone caught racing Greyhounds after next July will face a year in jail and an $11,000 fine.