WALLSEND MP Sonia Hornery has accused the Baird government of “sidestepping due process” by introducing his government’s proposed greyhound racing ban in the upper house.
The government will introduce the bill for the first time on Wednesday,
But Ms Hornery accused Mr Baird of trying to avoid a full debate on the issue by introducing it into the upper house.
“Urgent Notices of Motion being introduced to the Upper House has usually been reserved for extreme issues such as legislation for terrorism and the like,” she said.
“The Baird government is determined to sidestep due process today by introducing legislation which will ignore a significant section of our community.”
Asked on Tuesday why the government had not introduced the legislation in the lower house, Mr Baird denied there was any strategy behind the move.
"There is a broad cross-section of parties in the upper house,” he said.
“There are minor parties that have got strong views on this so I just think it's a good place to start.
“Everyone will have the opportunity to have their say.”
Ms Hornery is set to lead a debate on the issue in the parliament on Thursday, but with the numbers in both houses in the government’s favour, it’s possible the legislation could be passed before then.
“Nearly 40,000 signatures, calling for the implementation of the McHugh Report recommendations on greyhound racing, were collected by my office in just three weeks,” she said.
“Even the McHugh Report recommended Parliament’s consideration of the future of greyhound racing in NSW.
“By not allowing proper discussion an entire industry - an entire community - is being ignored and not given a fair chance.”
On Tuesday deputy premier Troy Grant met with greyhound industry members who made a number of proposals in an 11th hour bid to change the government’s mind.
But Mr Grant stood by the decision, saying the measures were “not logical”.
“The measures they put forward, whilst they are sincere and I understand that, they're not logical, they don't stack up and unfortunately they go to the very heart that the industry isn't viable and therefore that's why they can't be accepted.” he said.
The greyhound ban has been a divisive issue within both major parties, and at least three members of the government could potentially cross the floor on the vote.
The legislation comes at the same time as
The premier's announcement came as the NSW Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association launched legal action in the Supreme Court to stop the ban
On Tuesday Mr Baird said the government had not received any formal advice on the legal proceedings.