Thank you Mr Speaker.
My question is to the Minister for Racing.
Minister yesterday you rejected my call for an independent inquiry into the racing industry instead saying that the Office of Racing Integrity is investigating allegations against Anthony Bullock.
The words “ORI is investigating” fills no one in the industry with fear.
This is the same ORI that repeatedly turned a blind eye to the fact that Bullock did not have a kennel licence for many years.
The same ORI that already knew that Bullock kept his dogs in below minimum standards and did nothing.
The same ORI that claims to have regularly inspected Bullock’s property but is only acting now that the public have seen the appalling condition of the dogs and evidence of live baiting through the release of Animal Liberation video footage.
Minister, do you must accept that ORI has lost the confidence of the community, so what will you do to inject integrity and trust back into the Office of Racing Integrity?