Petition supporting Opera House boss surges past 265000 signatures
Oct 10 2018
"To avoid any perceived integrity risk, Racing NSW has determined that all betting on the 2018 The TAB Everest be suspended commencing at 12pm today (9 October 2018), until the final barriers have been publicly displayed this evening", Racing NSW said in a statement.
Hundreds of Australians flickered torches on Tuesday at the sails of Sydney's Opera House, aiming the light rays to disrupt horse-racing advertisements projected on its facade, in a protest against the use of the building to promote gambling.
The government's decision came after a top radio "shock jock", Alan Jones, urged the Opera House's boss to resign or be sacked for objecting to the promotion.
The projection of The Everest barrier numbers on the Opera House has been shrouded in controversy, with police ramping up security ahead of tonight's show.
He added that he did not believe his actions "qualify as those of a bully or a misogynist but there are clearly many people who do", and that he would be writing to Herron later in the day.
'In the community we might have differing views on the Opera House, but if we don't realise that co-opting our most famous national icon to promote a big money horse race that didn't even exist two years ago was always going to piss off a lot of people, then you would have to be seriously out of touch'.
Thousands of Sydneysiders are apparently preparing for a night of protest at the Opera House over a six-minute Everest-related light display at the iconic venue.
He later apologised, but the backlash had already hit, splashed across newspaper front pages and news bulletins for days, with about 290,000 people signing an online petition against the promotion.
When asked whether projecting the promotion onto the sails was legal, a spokesman for Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton pointed to the same exemptions they had been questioned over.
"The specific exemption for the Opera House says you can't do it if it's commercial", Mr Quint said.
"The Opera House management has approved exemptions under the Heritage Act to make these types of decisions", the spokesman said.