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Bill to Ban Jumps Racing Passes First Hurdle

The Upper House has today voted to ban jumps racing in South Australia, though the Labor Party’s position remains unclear.  

Queensland stopped jumps racing in 1903, WA in 1941 and the sport was banned in NSW in 1997. The last race was held in Tasmania in 2007. It has now been more than 30 years since the 1991 Senate Inquiry recommended jumps racing be phased out. Victoria and SA are the only remaining Australian states that still retain this archaic practice.

The Bill will now go to the Lower House, where its fate rests in Labor’s hands.  

Quotes attributable to Tammy Franks MLC:

“Time and again jumps racing has proven dangerous for jockeys and deadly for horses. It’s time to finally put an end to the carnage.  

“The industry itself is ready for the end of jumps racing. Attendance is low, injuries and deaths are high, and while jumps racing accounts for a very small proportion of the industry it accounts for most of the bad publicity the industry receives.

“There are transition arrangements that could be made to ensure not just the welfare of the horses, not just the increased safety in the workplace of the jockeys, but, of course, the reputation of the racing industry overall. Successive governments have failed to act, but the Greens remain dedicated to finally banning this cruel, so-called “sport”.

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