Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Industry Compliant

Wednesday 24 August 2016

An analysis of the report that led to the shut down of the greyhound racing industry in NSW has revealed that 84 per cent of its 79 recommendations (made if the industry was to continue to operate) have already been addressed (66 per cent) or will be addressed in Tasmania (18 per cent).

Of the rest, 11 per cent are specifically related to NSW legislation only, and five per cent are not deemed appropriate for Tasmania.

Interim chief executive officer Mark Tarring said Tasracing had completed a thorough review of the report, comparing it to the Tasmanian context.

“From the outset, Tasracing has said it was unfair to draw comparisons between the industry in NSW and in Tasmania because they are very different,” he said.

“Our detailed review of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in New South Wales confirmed this to be absolutely the case.”

Mr Tarring said the industry in Tasmania was well regulated and well policed by the Office of Racing Integrity stewards.

“Anyone doing the wrong thing is quickly discovered and removed from the industry,” he said.

“The Tasmanian industry has introduced a number of reforms over the past five years with animal welfare issues a significant consideration.”

Mr Tarring said a small number of recommendations made by Michael McHugh AC QC were not relevant to Tasmania.

Mr Tarring said regardless of the differences, Tasracing and the Tasmanian greyhound racing industry were committed to transparency and reporting on industry performance going forward.