Questions in Parliament

Kristie Johnston, Question to the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hospitality and Community Development – 9 May 2023

Thank you Mr Speaker.

My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hospitality and Community Development.

Minister, because the cruel greyhound racing industry, propped up by taxpayers dollars and this Government, is so on the nose with the public, attendance at race meets is so low that now the Hobart Greyhound Racing Club in collaboration with the Tasmania Hospitality Association have to effectively bribe people to attend.

On Thursday evening, 20 April, TasRacing held the Sporting Clubs Challenge at Elwick Racecourse.

Sporting clubs were offered a cash inducement of $500 plus free entry, drinks and betting vouchers if they could recruit ten of their members to attend the event.

One of the clubs who took up the offer was the Hobart Football Club – a club clearly struggling on and off the field. This year Hobart haven’t been able to field a seniors team and only had younger players to field a development league side.

Minister, you would know full well that young men are particularly vulnerable to developing a gambling addiction.

Minister, do you think it is appropriate that taxpayers money is being used by the greyhound racing industry to effectively buy an audience?

Moreover, do you think it is appropriate that the greyhound racing industry is targeting cash strapped clubs often with vulnerable members and showering them with drink and gambling vouchers to try and get them hooked on dog racing?

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