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NSW Legal for State Government to Advertise Incorrect Information?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by Karen Fox, 21 August 2016.

  1. Karen Fox

    Karen Fox Member

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    Could someone please help on how it is legal for the NSW State Government to use taxpayer funds to place multi million dollar advertising/propaganda which is blatantly incorrect, in fact? Is there any law to prevent the dissemination of information which is not correct in fact to further or promote a cause?

    If so, how do you go about preventing the State Government continuing this action under Australian Law?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    Which part do you say is not fact?
     
  3. Karen Fox

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    Basically most of the Ad is incorrect as it was taken from the flawed McHugh report:

    #"4074 Greyhounds Slaughtered on average" - current correct figures as recorded by the Greyhound Industry Alliance are less that 10% of that figure.

    #"50-75% of Dogs are 'wastage'" - Current figures are that 6.9% of dogs are unnecessarily euthanized. 55.4% are retained and live with their trainers or re-homed, 25% die of natural causes, 12.7% die of injury or illness - including the stillborn puppies included in McHugh's report.

    #"Greyhound racing is only legal in 8 Countries worldwide" - Greyhound racing is legal worldwide with the exception of 2 states in the USA.

    #"136 greyhounds die racing a year" - Current figures for NSW this year Jan-March. 2 dogs were euthanized after racing injuries - over 12 months this would be 8 dogs or 5.8% less than this unsourced claim.

    # "Racing dog v. 'other' lifespan" - Dogs cannot race until they are a minimum 16 months so very few would be 'over' their racing career at 18 months and they commonly raced until the age of 4. The McHugh reports claims were based on the average age of a greyhound - of any kind - living to 12 years old, which is not an average figure - even this propaganda now uses 9 years as a lifespan, even though the McHugh figures would immediately be cut by 25% if this basis was used when quoting the report figures.
     
  4. Karen Fox

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    So what is not clear about that? Is there a law to prevent the Government spending taxpayer money on lies?
     

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