Questions in Parliament

Kristie Johnston, Question to the Minister for Racing – 8 August 2023

By August 8, 2023No Comments

Thank you Mr Speaker.

My questions is to the Minister for Racing.

For over a year now I have been pressing your predecessor with evidence of a lack of integrity and poor animal welfare in the industry and calling for her to act. She did not.

And now, you have responsibility for an industry across all three codes that is riddled with allegations of race fixing, live baiting, blatant disregard for racing regulations, bullying, and poor animal welfare.

And at the centre of all this, the Office of Racing Integrity – your watchdog – has presided over this shambles.

In just the last few weeks we have seen more revelations where ORI has botched things again!  Complainants have had their identities and details of their complaints disclosed by ORI to the person involved in the complaint, ABC RTI documents reveal an inappropriate closeness in relations between ORI and industry participants, and most disturbingly evidence of live baiting and terrible living conditions for greyhounds in a property ORI claim to have apparently regularly inspected – they must have had blinkers on at the time.

Minister, will you call an immediate, full and independent inquiry into all aspects of the racing industry across all three racing codes?

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