Protesters shine torches on Sydney Opera House to disrupt advert

Protesters shine torches on Sydney Opera House to disrupt advert

Until the results of the draw are made public on Tuesday evening, punters will not be able to bet on the $13 million race.

"The Wallabies or Vivid, they aren't advertising gambling, which is detrimental to so many families", Richardson said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Racing NSW suspended betting for The Everest horse race "to avoid any perceived integrity risk".

Racing NSW originally wanted to conduct the barrier draw live, with the results projected in real time onto the sails of the building.

Today a petition with 235,000 signatures calling on the NSW Government and Racing NSW to stop turning the Opera House into a "promotional billboard" was delivered to NSW State Parliament. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian later overruled Herron and gave Racing NSW most of what was being asked.

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

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"The specific exemption for the Opera House says you can't do it if it's commercial", Mr Quint said. Prime Minister Scott Morrison backed the decision, saying: "Why not put it on the biggest billboard Sydney has?"

On his Sky News program, shortly after the sails were illuminated, Alan Jones labelled the light-based protest as "childish stuff" from a "latte-sipping mob".

Activist group Sleeping Giants Oz is targeting Alan Jones advertisers, accusing the 2GB host of bullying Opera House CEO Louise Herron into allowing advertising to be projected onto the iconic landmark.

He also said he was not a bully and refuted accusations of misogyny.

At 7.40pm when the famous sails were first lit up, people lining the building's forecourt also began to shine beams of light from torches onto the images in the hopes of obscuring the message. I think because they'd assume all of the rough and tough people go to the horse racing.

Alan Jones' mobile is probably running hot this morning after those naughty wags at The Chaser projected his phone number onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House alongside the caption, "Advertise here".

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