Protesters shine torches on Sydney Opera House to disrupt advert

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Fixed odds betting on the race was suspended yesterday afternoon until the barrier draw event, due to risks of a security breach.

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

A crowd of several hundred people gathered in the Opera House forecourt chanting and using torches to stop the light display.

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.

The sails of the Sydney Opera House were lit up to promote a horse race under Racing NSW submission to the Opera House.

Protesters had been planning to demonstrate at the Opera House tonight.

"I don't believe my words or actions qualify as those of a bully or a misogynist but there are clearly many people who do", Jones said on 2GB.

They then shone bright lights onto the barrier draw results and from across the other side of Circular Quay, the numbers of the race horses displayed on the heritage building were obscured.

He later apologised, but the backlash had already hit, splashed across newspaper front pages and news bulletins for days, with about 290,000 people signing an online petition against the promotion.

"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 use of the Opera House for the commercial advertising of this event is a completely unsatisfactory and is an inappropriate use of this significant heritage place", council chair Stephen Davies said in a letter to the premier on Tuesday.

When asked whether the promotion was legal, a spokesman for NSW Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton pointed to the same exemptions they had been questioned over.

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