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What they said about Baird's backflip

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2016


"I got it wrong. Cabinet got it wrong. The government got it wrong."

- NSW Premier Mike Baird

"We did not give the good people in this industry a chance to respond, a chance to reform ... I am sorry, that is something we should have done."

- Mr Baird

"I did my job according to the information and evidence before us."

- Deputy Premier Troy Grant

"It's a great win for normal people and for the battler."

- Trainer Shayne Stiff

"We are appreciative and thankful that this decision has been made. This has been a very difficult time for so many people whose lives were overturned by this ban."

- NSW Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers' Association executive officer Brenton Scott

"We're gutted. We're absolutely gutted today."

"After 140 years of enforcing the prevention of cruelty to animals act, I think we're entitled to be cynical about the ability of this industry to reform."

- RSPCA NSW CEO Steven Coleman

"It's not good enough to only go halfway. The government really needs to demonstrate its commitment to fixing the problems highlighted by Justice McHugh."

- Australian Veterinary Association

"He's the lay preacher who told us that greyhound racing was a morally evil activity that he'd run out. And today, the mother of all backflips."

- NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley on Mr Baird.

"Well, who's the man of principle today? What happened to Mr Baird's principles? I've sent out a search party for them."

- Mr Foley

"We have seen a gutless premier sign the death warrant on thousands of greyhounds today."

- Upper house NSW Greens MP Mehreen Faruqi

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