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The Chaser Projected Alan Jones Phone Number Onto Sydney Opera House

The Chaser Projected Alan Jones Phone Number Onto Sydney Opera House

The draw for the race, being held at Royal Randwick this Saturday, was held in confidence by Racing NSW stewards and kept under wraps until the results were revealed as part of the light show.

The race is billed as the world's richest and has $13million in prize money up for grabs as well as a performance by former One Direction member Liam Payne.

A plan to project a racing advertisement on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House has sparked controversy in Australia.

Broadcaster Alan Jones was accused of bullying in an on-air interview with Opera House chief executive Louise Herron, an accusation he initially refuted before publicly apologising.

Racing NSW stewards cited "perceived integrity risk" and "security risks" for the change.

The activist group has criticised Jones for attacking Herron, calling her a "tyrant" and questioning her credentials after she said she wouldn't allow the Opera House to carry advertising for The Everest Cup horse race on its sails.




"Gave her a big talking to. you're allowed to project on there, that's the biggest billboard in Sydney, mate".

"I used some words in these programs about the Everest, and the Opera House, and Louise, which in hindsight I now most regret hearing, having heard the impact they've clearly had on some people", Mr Jones said on air.

An online petition against the event, now signed by over 290,000 people, was delivered to State Parliament on Tuesday morning but the petition's organiser, Mike Woodcock, said Premier Gladys Berejiklian did not accept it.

In a letter to the premier on Tuesday, the NSW Heritage Council said it was extremely disappointed with the government's decision and described the projection as "inappropriate".

Mr Quint said the legal exemptions allowing projection onto the sails made clear that they must be "non-commercial occasions of brief duration".

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


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