Today in Parliament, the Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, called on the new Racing Minister, Felix Ellis to immediately launch a full and independent inquiry into all aspects of the industry across all three codes.
With the racing industry plagued by a number of serious allegations and complaints, Ms Johnston said the time has come for Mr Ellis to deliver what his predecessor could not;
“For over twelve months I implored the former Racing Minister, Madeleine Ogilvie, to step up and take action on a range of issues involving integrity, poor animal welfare, race-fixing and blatant disregard for racing regulations,” Ms Johnston said.
“Minister Ogilvie refused to act, and in the last few weeks we have seen even more revelations where the Office of Racing Integrity have again failed to properly investigate and address serious issues. Enough is enough.
“Mr Ellis is either naïve or hasn’t done his homework. He claims that he has no tolerance for animal cruelty in the racing industry, when it is a fact that this industry institutionalises cruelty.”
“It’s time for Minister Ellis to show he is prepared to take this portfolio seriously and call an immediate enquiry into the shambles that is the Tasmanian Racing Industry,” Ms Johnston said.