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Sign the petition to ban advertising on the Sydney Opera House sails

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has given the go ahead to advertise the upcoming The Everest Cup horse race on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Berejiklian has cooked it a few times lately, to say the least. She recently decreed that music festival Defqon.1 should be banned and once called us “kids” who needed the lockout laws to keep us safe. But this one’s even more sore.

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Sydney’s most renowned music and arts venue is about to be turned into a billboard for a horse race. Let’s all do our part to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Recently Racing NSW applied for a VIVID-style projection upon the sails of the Sydney Opera House, advertising their upcoming event The Everest Cup. The proposal was shut down by Opera House CEO Louise Herron, which was when old mate Alan Jones became involved.

On radio he called for Herron’s sacking, as well as mentioning he would be speaking to Berejiklian about the matter. Shortly afterwards, the NSW Premier approved this whole clusterfuck.

It’s a three-pronged assault, an unholy trinity of gambling, animal abuse, and defacement that’s about to be projected upon one of Sydney’s most beautiful and iconic figures. Not only is it disgusting that this was even considered, but it sets a horrible precedent for further use of the Opera House to aide one of the country’s most socially damaging industries.

At the time of writing this, two petitions protesting the advertisement have garnered 145,000 signatures. You can sign here and here.

You can also protest the decision on Tuesday 9 October in person. Grab all the details on this Facebook event.

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October 8, 2018