Questions in Parliament

Kristie Johnston, Question to Parliament – 8 September 2022

By September 8, 2022No Comments

Thank you Mr Speaker

My question is to the Minister for Racing.

Minister, in February this year, The Examiner reported that greyhound trainer Anthony Bullock had not held a kennel licence for 10 years. It is not uncommon for Mr Bullock to have 90 plus dogs on his property. This is a serious breach of the Dog Control Act for which he has not been prosecuted – yet.

Mr Bullock is well known as the man who freely admitted in 2016 in a Joint Select Committee hearing that he destroys approximately 70 percent of his dogs – a sickening figure that must surely turn the stomach of anyone who claims to care about animal welfare.

Minister, since 2020 the guidelines for applying for or renewing a greyhound trainer licence have clearly stated that the applicant must meet all local government and state government regulations and be able to provide evidence of the same if requested by an Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) Steward or authorised person.

Minister, Mr Bullock is still a licenced trainer seven months after it was revealed he does not meet the requirements of the licence.

Minister, have ORI turned a blind eye to the flagrant breaches of the Dog Control Act and the requirements of their own licencing by renewing and allowing Mr Bullock to continue to train and race dogs?

Minister will you direct ORI to comply with their own licensing requirements and revoke Mr Bullock’s licence immediately?

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