Thousands protest controversial Everest light show on Sydney Opera House

10 October, 2018, 08:09 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Broadcaster Alan Jones now says he regrets his comments

Racing NSW stewards have suspended betting on The Everest after conducting the barrier draw in private on Tuesday morning.

Racing NSW has cancelled a live barrier draw for its multi-million dollar race The Everest, citing security risks amid ongoing public outrage at plans to project the results onto the Sydney Opera House.

A crowd of several hundred people gathered in the Opera House forecourt chanting and using torches to stop the light display. Herron initially refused to allow Jones' racing mates to advertise gambling on the sails of the Opera House.

Comedy crew The Chaser have out-Jonesed Alan Jones by projecting his phone number onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian then intervened within hours of the interview to allow the horse race's promotion but has denied she caved in to Jones.

Herron was appointed CEO of the Sydney Opera House in 2012, having previously been a lawyer and corporate adviser, and was chair of Sydney's Belvoir Street Theatre for 10 years.

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Since last Friday, more than 250,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Herron's decision to be upheld.

The results of the barrier draw will still be beamed onto the sails, but the draw has already taken place.

"The Opera House case is a flashpoint, because it throws into broad daylight what normally happens in the dark", he added - namely, the fact that a huge amount of political influence in this country can be bought by powerful corporations, who many politicians end up working for after their political careers are done.

The NSW Heritage Council, an adviser to the government on heritage issues, said it was disappointed with the government's decision to turn the "international architectural masterpiece" into a billboard.

"The Opera House management has approved exemptions under the Heritage Act to make these types of decisions", the spokesman said.

"The specific exemption for the Opera House says you can't do it if it's commercial", Mr Quint said.

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