Greyhounds; Photoblog recycle July 2014

The OzElection situation is much as it was yesterday, but there was a bit of a bombshell in NSW: Greyhound racing ban: NSW trainers vow ‘industry will fight this to the finish’.

Greyhound racing will be banned in New South Wales from July 1 next year, with Premier Mike Baird saying the “widespread and systemic mistreatment of animals” cannot be tolerated.

I have never been interested in the sport and acknowledge the cruelty that has come to light, but I do wonder whether the Baird government has again been heavy-handed. One thinks of forced council mergers and lock-out laws, for example. This may be right:

Greyhound Racing in NSW has made great strides in animal welfare and integrity during the past 12 months but that means nothing now.

Millions of dollars was spent on the Special Commission and it seemed an absolute long shot that closure was an option. But here we are.

Michael McHugh’s recommendations seem appallingly single minded.

The outcome is catastrophic and the timing of the announcement, just five days after the ballot boxes closed on the federal election, is questionable. There is no doubt the government was protecting National Party seats that would have been disaffected by this news.

See also Greyhound racing industry banned and The key to Labor’s success in the west will have Baird worried. It is a big story down here in Illawarra.

Jose Ramos, who went to Dapto to watch the races tonight, said he was worried about the impact the ban would have on the local economy. “[It will] destroy it,” he said.

Peter Carlile, who was also at the track tonight, said he was worried about the impact on everyone involved in the industry.

“The dogs can go interstate,” he said. “What about the people who work at the track, not only here in Dapto but everywhere?”

Photoblog for July 2014

Last night’s sunset made the evening news…

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Neil

So spectacular was it! Here it is as seen from my window in West Wollongong.

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MH17

Posted on July 23, 2014 by Neil

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In Wollongong today

Wollongong transformed — 5

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Neil

See also Wollongong transforming… 1, Wollongong transformed — 2, Wollongong transformed — 3 and Wollongong transformed — 4.

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What can I say today? So I just share my world…

Posted on July 19, 2014 by Neil

Of course I am exercised by the tragic events in Ukraine and Gaza – but what can I say? I have shared on Facebook and Twitter. So given my impotence… Let me just share what yesterday brought me.

Snow came close. Apparently Robertson, in those mountains just to the south of us, experienced snow.

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Wollongong turns it on — 2

Posted on July 18, 2014 by Neil

We spent the afternoon in conversation and also wonder at the nature and light show going on before our eyes. As you may see…

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Soft winter afternoon light … yesterday

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Neil

Noticed the light as I got off the 39 bus in Mount Keira Road yesterday around 4.30 pm. Looking more closely, observe on the left Nan Tien, the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere.

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