CESSNOCK greyhound trainer Bob Whitelaw says he has “never, ever” used live bait, despite being implicated in the practice by documents released by the Baird government.
On Wednesday the Deputy Premier Troy Grant released the transcript of a telephone conversation in which prominent greyhound trainer Tony Gannon suggests that “Bobby” has “cut right back” on the practice.
The transcript made up part of an investigation by David Madden, the former NSW deputy police commissioner, who in his comments says the reference to “Bobby” was understood to be “in relation to Robert Whitelaw”.
“It is important to note that Tony Gannon also makes mention of Robert Whitelaw being involved in this aspect of the industry,” Mr Madden writes.
Mr Whitelaw, a prominent Hunter greyhound industry participant, angrily denied the accusation, saying he had previously been interviewed by Mr Madden who “never raised” the issue.
“I have never, ever used live bait, and I have said that publicly a number of times,” he said.
“I think it’s outrageous that these allegations keep surfacing against me when I have done nothing. Madden says it is me [that Mr Gannon is referring to] but what is his evidence of that?”
Mr Gannon was speaking to former Greyhound Racing NSW chief Brent Hogan earlier this year after finding out ABC current affairs program Four Corners had footage of live baiting. In the conversation Mr Gannon said he would have “bashed the f**k out of them and took the camera”.
Mr Gannon also states during the conversation that he was “ringing other blokes who do similar things”.
“They've cut right back, just to be on the safe side,” he says in the conversation.
Mr Grant released the transcript to embarrass Labor, who oppose the government’s decision to ban greyhound racing in NSW.
NSW Labor leader Luke Foley previously appeared alongside Mr Gannon at a press conference at Wentworth Park to announce Labor would not support the ban, holding him up as a model participant in the industry.