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Racing Minister hits back at ‘sexist’ claims from Greens MP

Racing Minister Martin Pakula has hit back at a Greens MP who branded a State Government-endorsed “girls night” at the Cranbourne Greyhound Racing Club as sexist.

Nina Springle says the concept was an “offensive way” to encourage women into sport.

The night featured activities such as a pamper parlour, manicures and massages.

Almost $9000 was tipped into the evening.

However, Ms Springle’s criticism prompted Mr Pakula to call 3AW Mornings.

He said Ms Springle should “at least get her facts right” before hitting out at the event.

“It’s racing industry money,” the Attorney General explained.

“It’s money that’s put aside for the racing industry from uncollected dividends.

“This isn’t money that could be used for anything else – it’s racing industry money that’s been specifically designated for that purpose.

“The reality is The Greens don’t like greyhound racing, they don’t support it and have an almost contemptuous view about people – particularly those who live out in the suburbs – who enjoy a night out at the greyhounds.”