Below is a sample letter that South Australian jumps racing enthusiasts and professionals can use as a template for writing to your State MP, Premier Weatherill and Racing Minister Leon Bignell.
Please feel free to copy or adapt the letter as you see fit—the important thing is to ensure that legislators in South Australia know the level of support for jumps racing in our state, and what will be the consequences of its demise.
I am writing to urge you to reject the bill that is being brought before the Parliament to outlaw the sport of jumps racing in South Australia.
The Labor government’s policy, as frequently expressed in public in a variety of fora, has hitherto been that the future of jumps racing in South Australia is a matter for the governing body, Thoroughbred Racing SA. I would respectfully urge you and your government to maintain this position and not renege on promises made before the last state election.
Jumps racing has a long and glorious tradition in our state, exemplified by the institution that is the Oakbank Racing Carnival and more recent highlights on the SA racing calendar, such as Irish Race Day at Morphettville.
The sport’s demise would leave a significant hole in the winter racing program, where attendances and turnover are in decline, and would further disincentive owners, trainers and jockeys from establishing a base in South Australia. In addition, a ban while the sport is still active may well open the State to compensation claims from owners, trainers, jockeys, strappers and others whose livelihoods in some way depend on the sport.
Concerns about the safety of the sport have been addressed by the industry and claims that jumps racing is cruel and dangerous are not borne out by the statistics, which demonstrate an extremely positive safety record since a similar Bill was brought to parliament in 2011. In addition, jumps racing has accounted for only 0.67% of racing fatalities in South Australia in the last decade
I would therefore call upon you to maintain the government’s oft-repeated position regarding legislation around jumps racing, and the firm commitment that was made in this regard to the South Australian public before last year’s state election.
I urge you in the strongest possible terms not to support the Bill being introduced by Tammy Franks MLC and to let jumps racing remain solely within the purview of TRSA.
You can find a list of the contact details of State MPs here: https://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/Members/HouseofAssembly/Pages/ContactDetails.aspx
Premier Weatherill’s email is email@example.com
Leon Bignell’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org