Opera House advertising: The Everest horse racing controversy, betting suspended

The Chaser project new ad onto Opera House as Jones apologises for Louise Herron interview

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

The controversial Opera House projection is due to take place at 8pm on Tuesday, when the barrier draw for The Everest will be projected on the Opera House sails.

With 2GB breakfast host Alan Jones at the centre of the storm - for stridently advocating for the use of the Opera House to promote the Everest Horse Race and calling upon its CEO Louise Herron to be sacked - Goa has produced boards offering him free use of its "real billboards".

The apology came hours after The Chaser had taken matters into their own hands, with a stunt that saw them project what was "apparently" Jones' real phone number onto a number of Sydney landmarks including the Opera House.

This morning on his radio show that targets "most people to die of natural causes in the next 12 months" (nice one SBS) Jones non-apologised to Ms Herron for his vile spew.

Since the NSW Government directed the Opera House to allow the promotional material on racing to be projected, the backlash over the decision has reached a boiling point. "We have to fight to stop more of this appalling advertising".

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Protesters yelled "Shame" and used lights to attempt to obscure the projected images.

"Unless for a specific artistic objective in relation to Sydney Opera House, text or slogans will not be permitted", the policy reads.

The NSW Heritage Council said it was extremely disappointed with the government's decision which would turn the "international architectural masterpiece" into a billboard.

This goes way beyond just the Opera House, according to Aly, because it happens all the time.

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 guidelines have always been stretched in the part and the commercialisation of the Opera House has always been there.

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