News

Could greyhound ban be all bark, no bite?

Premier Mike Baird is said to be considering softening his stance on outlawing greyhound racing.
Premier Mike Baird is said to be considering softening his stance on outlawing greyhound racing. LUKAS COCH

MIKE Baird may soften his stance on banning greyhound racing after realising he has bitten off more than he can chew.

The Premier's hard-line rhetoric has tempered in recent days amid fears a voter backlash could lose the Nationals a seat at the Orange by-election in November.

A reporter asked Mr Baird outright at a media conference on Wednesday: "So you are ruling out any possibility of a backflip."

His response, captured by Nine News, was far more cryptic than the uncompromising front he presented when introducing the ban.

"Look, I'm ruling out the possibility that I'm going to make any decisions other than what I think is the right one," Mr Baird said.

"There's no doubt that Orange will be a challenge, that's very clear."

Criticism is piling up for the Premier, with 2GB radio announcer Alan Jones dubbing him "Kim Jong Baird" as a reference to his apparent dictatorial rule over the government.

A fire and brimstone-spitting Jones went so far as to suggest the greyhound ban was driving people to suicide.

"You can only draw one conclusion - the business of the Baird Government is to drive people to take your own lives. It's beyond disgrace," he said.

A ReachTEL poll of Orange voters published in the Daily Telegraph this week had the Nationals' primary vote down to 34.6%, a far cry from the 66% when outgoing Andrew Gee was a candidate at the 2015 election.

Mr Gee has since moved to the federal sphere.

The poll also revealed 39.6% of Orange voters preferred Mr Baird as Premier, just a fraction more than the 39% who were now behind Transport Minister Andrew Constance.

Deputy Premier Troy Grant's leadership of the Nationals also hangs in limbo over the Orange by-election results.

The NSW Greyhound Racing Industry Alliance now has two legal challenges to the ban - one in the Supreme Court and the other in the High Court.

The Supreme Court challenge argues the report that led to the ban was flawed and the legislation is invalid as result.

The High Court matter questions the law itself, with the industry claiming it offends Section 92 of the Constitution by restricting free trade between states.

ARM NEWSDESK

Topics:  ban, greyhound, greyhound racing, mike baird, orange by-election, racing, troy grant



Man stabbed multiple times in groin and back, woman charged

A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed multiple times

Fluoride completely healthy, says medical authority

The fluoride plant at Corndale.

No evidence to link low fluoridation to harmful health impacts

Local Partners

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Encounters on stage at Lennox Head

COMING SOON: Dancers Elizabeth Venn and Tess Eckert are part of Encounters, the upcoming performance by SPRUNG!! Integrated Dance Theatre Inc.

By Sprung!! Dance Theatre Inc

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction