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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7920


Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:37): I move:

That the Senate notes that—

(a) the Melbourne Cup is known as the 'race that stops the nation';

(b) according to the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses' analysis of stewards' reports, from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017, 137 horses were killed on the track;

(c) according to Professor Ray Geor from the University of Michigan, studies show that almost 90% of racehorses suffer exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH), otherwise known as bleeding in the respiratory system, at least once after three races;

(d) a 2005 report, for the Australian Government's Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, notes EIPH as cause of morbidity and its high prevalence in racing thoroughbreds; and

(e) according to veterinarians Ms Leanne Begg and Mr Chris O'Sullivan, from the Randwick Equine Centre, the prevalence of gastric ulceration, otherwise known as stomach ulcers, in thoroughbred racehorses is reported to be between 66% and 93%, increasing to 80% to 100% as duration in training increases and horses commence racing.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion moved by Senator Rhiannon be agreed to.