Murrihy Report Must Be Released Before GBE Estimates

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…

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Kristie Johnston, Question to the Minister for Racing – 1 November 2023

Thank you Mr Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Racing. Minister joining us in the house is Kiera. Kiera is the brave whistleblower who raised concerns about the mistreatment of greyhounds at Tasracing’s Greyhound Adoption Program and her belief that greyhounds had been live baited. We now know her concerns are well-founded. She had initially raised these concerns…

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Racing Minister Calls for Tasracing to Revoke Bullock’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Award

Statement from Kristie Johnston MP; Today in Parliamentary question time I asked the Minister for Racing, Felix Ellis, the following: Minister when I asked you last question time about the appropriateness of Anthony Bullock and his fellow notorious trainers receiving trainer of the year awards you made light of the matter and failed to condemn Tasracing’s actions. Since then Mr…

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Lifetime Ban for Greyhound Trainer Bullock

Statement from Kristie Johnston MP It is welcome news that greyhound trainer Anthony Bullock has been banned for life from the greyhound industry. Earlier this year I drew Racing Minister Felix Ellis’s attention to the apparent terrible treatment of dogs at Anthony Bullock’s property at Westbury, which resulted in the Office of Racing Integrity to finally commit to an investigation…

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Kristie Johnston, Question to the Minister for Racing – 19 October 2023

Minister, on Tuesday you tabled the annual report of Tasracing in this House. In that report, Anthony Bullock, Greyhounds, Scott Brunton, thoroughbreds, and Ben Yole, harness racing, were all acknowledged as “trainer of the year” for their respective codes. The eligibility requirements for these awards, published on Tasracing’s website, makes any person who, and I quote, “… conducted themselves in…

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“Trainer of the Year” – A Cruel Joke

Today in Parliament I asked the Minister for Racing, Mr Ellis why Tasracing has anointed “trainer of the Year” to greyhound, thoroughbred and harness trainers who have done nothing but bring racing into disgrace. This racing Minister says he wants a racing industry with integrity and animal welfare at its heart, and then fronts parliament and condones rewarding three notorious…

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Time for Action on Ice Skating Rink

Today in Parliament I moved a motion calling on the Government to work with Ice Sports Tasmania to deliver a new ice skating rink that will secure the future of ice sports in Tasmania. I will be joined by Anna Holliday, President of Ice Sports Tasmania to comment on the outcome of my motion and the options for a much-needed…

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