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Local activists and union representatives step up their fight against the ACT Government’s greyhound racing ban, with a protest organised for midday today.

ACT Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing Mark Parton will be there.

He said the rally, organised by the Australian Workers Union and the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club, kicks off in Garema Place at 12pm.

There’ll be speeches, before protesters march to the Legislative Assembly.

“I hope we can see you at Garema place at midday. If you are against this greyhound ban and if you just want to stand up for basic freedom, because that’s what it’s about,” Mr Parton said.

The last-ditch attempt comes as laws banning greyhound racing are set to be debated tomorrow.

“I urge the ACT parliamentarians to examine all sides of this issue, and to reject the ACT Government’s short-sighted, knee-jerk reaction to close an industry which supports local families,” AWU NSW/ACT Branch Secretary, Daniel Walton, said.

 It’s unlikely the rally will sway the ACT Government’s decision though, which claims the sport is against community values.

The ban is expected to come into force in May 2018.

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