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Baird moves to ease govt over greyhounds

AAP logoAAP 1/08/2016

NSW Premier Mike Baird is moving to ease rising tensions within his government over his controversial call to shut down the greyhound racing industry.

Mr Baird will hold a special party room meeting on Monday afternoon as the government prepares to introduce legislation this week outlawing the sport.

The damning Special Commission of Inquiry report, which prompted the ban, will be discussed in detail, Mr Baird said.

"We will go through in detail the report, the key elements, the considerations and obviously any concerns or issues members may have," Mr Baird told reporters on Monday.

Every member will have an opportunity to have their say or "act as they should or want", Mr Baird said, acknowledging that the consultation would be difficult.

But the premier continued to stand firm on his decision to ban the sport, saying it's unlikely any compromises will be made.

"Having said that, the way the industry is transitioned to the package we are putting in, in terms of support, there's a lot of opportunity to make sure we get that right," he said.

Several Nationals MPs have been furious with the premier and his deputy, Nationals leader Troy Grant, over their lack of consultation before the announcement to shut down the industry was made in July.

At least two have also threatened to cross the floor over the issue, which they argue will have a detrimental effect in their regional electorates.

Industry stakeholders will rally and march on parliament on Tuesday to fight for their livelihoods on the track.

Racers have also received support from the state opposition, which has released an alternative package to save the industry.

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley says a fierce new watchdog and a clamp-down on live-baiting would restore the sport's legitimacy.

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