Today in Parliament, the Independent Member for Clark, Kristie Johnston, asked Racing Minister, Felix Ellis, to ensure the Murrihy Inquiry into allegations of team driving, race fixing and animal welfare concerns in the harness racing industry be publicly released in time for Government Business Enterprise (GBE) hearings, scheduled to begin on 21 November.
“It’s now nine months since the Government announced an inquiry into these extremely serious allegations, and although an interim report has been released, it is imperative the final report is made public before GBE hearings begin later this month.”
“The issues under investigation shine a light on a number of failings within the harness racing industry and raise serious questions of the Office of Racing Integrity’s ability to adequately manage and resolve complaints. Tasracing needs to be properly scrutinised at GBE hearings over the findings in Mr Murrihy’s final report,” Ms Johnston said.
“Mr Ellis refused to indicate when the final report would be released which is simply another delaying tactic designed to protect the Government from having to face the tough questions;
“We are nearing the end of the Parliamentary year and once again this Government chooses to procrastinate and intentionally bog-down any questions regarding integrity and transparency. It’s simply not good enough.”