Greens SA MLC Tammy Franks has reintroduced her Bill to ban jumps racing today. The timing is fitting, as the 1st of August is taken to be the Southern Hemisphere birthday of all horses.
If the bill passed, a ban would take effect a year after the passage of the bill meaning 2019 would be the least season of jumps races in SA.
Quotes attributable to Ms Franks: It’s over a century since the last jumps race was held in Queensland, almost 30 years since a Senate Committee recommended it be phased out across the nation, and over 20 years since the NSW Parliament voted to ban it.
Only Victoria and South Australia still host jumps races and with good reason. It’s on the nose. Time and time again jumps racing has proven dangerous for jockeys and deadly for the horses. 19 more times deadly than flats racing and I cannot think of a better gift for these horses on their birthday than to finally ban this cruelty.
Punters and sponsors alike have been voting with their feet for some time on this issue and almost all of the 1,811 submissions to the 2016 Select Committee wanted to see the end of jumps racing, what they got was another reprieve (3 more years) for a part of the industry that almost all acknowledge is itself on its last legs. Today we wish the horses on their Southern Hemisphere birthday many happy returns and a legislated end to the cruelty once and for all next year.
That Select Committee excluded cross bench MPs and railed against a ban in its very formation but even that – with the odds stacked against a ban - gave the industry only three years to clean up its act. This is a new Parliament and the debate just got a fresh start and a new field.
Greens’ MLC Tammy Franks has challenged the Marshall Liberal Government’s move today to parachute a chairperson into the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Select Committee who, like all three of the Liberal appointments to the Committee, has no previous experience on that committee. By contrast, the Greens and Labor Committee members total over 12 years’ experience between the three of them.
Greens Mental Health Spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC is calling on the Marshall Government to take urgent action to address the lack of adequate services for Borderline Personality Disorder by implementing recent recommendations of the Deputy State Coroner.
With another LSS live export ship, Bader111, due to be docked in the Port today, the unlikely pairing of The Greens and The Meatworkers Union (AMIEU) have joined forces in a call for an exit plan for live exports that would create a boom for SA jobs in the local meat processing industry.
SA Greens Animal Welfare Spokesperson, Tammy Franks MLC, has labelled the plan for an independent inspector for live exports as ‘a plea bargain that is far too little and far too late’, again calling for a ban on the trade, including an urgent exit plan to end this animal cruelty and a boost for local meat processing jobs.
The SA Greens today called on the Marshall Government to make a firm commitment to enforce the law when it comes to the cruelty of the live export trade.
Following yet another shocking televised exposé about live animal export last night, Greens Animal Welfare Spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC again says it’s time to turn our outrage into action.
The Greens have called for emergency service announcements to be translated into Auslan (Australian Sign Language), ensuring they are fully accessible for deaf and hard of hearing South Australians.
The SA Best lower house candidate most likely to be elected, Tom Antonio in Giles, has yesterday strongly contradicted SA Best claims of standing with the region’s communities against a nuclear waste dump, while being interviewed on ABC North and West Radio.*