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18    Animal Welfare— Greyhound racing

Senator Faruqi, also on behalf of the Leader of Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party (Senator Hinch), pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1047—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       that tens of millions of dollars in public money is handed over to the greyhound racing and gambling industry each year by states and territories in prize money, for building new tracks and in tax breaks,

                                    (ii)       Greyhounds Australasia estimates that the industry is responsible for the unnecessary deaths of anywhere between 13,000 and 17,000 healthy greyhounds a year, and

                                  (iii)       that millions of Australians want to see greyhound racing banned on animal welfare grounds, and do not want to see public money subsidising greyhound racing and gambling; and

               (b)       calls on state and territory governments to withdraw public funding of greyhound racing, and put the tens of millions of dollars towards health, education and drought relief.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific (Senator Ruston), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 13

Senators—

Di Natale

Hinch

Rice

Storer

Faruqi

McKim

Siewert*

Waters

Griff

Patrick

Steele-John

Whish-Wilson

Hanson-Young

 

 

 

NOES, 34

Senators—

Anning

Fierravanti-Wells

McCarthy

Ryan

Bernardi

Gallacher

McKenzie

Scullion

Bilyk

Hanson

Molan

Singh

Brockman

Hume

Moore

Smith, David

Bushby

Keneally

O’Neill

Smith, Dean

Chisholm

Leyonhjelm

Paterson

Stoker

Collins

Lines

Pratt

Urquhart*

Dodson

Marshall

Ruston

Williams

Duniam

Martin

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.