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Liberal Lies on Animal Welfare

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Friday, 13 March 2020

Tags: Animal Welfare, Greyhound Racing

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Animal Welfare spokesperson

Racing Minister, Jane Howlett’s defence of the government's record on animal welfare is pathetic. The paltry sums the the Minister highlights do not change the fact that the Liberals have failed to deliver on better outcomes for animals.

In 2016, Minister Rockliff committed to a second tranche of reforms to the Animal Welfare Act 1993 to cover off on recommendations that were ignored. These reforms have not since come to Parliament.

Following the Inquiry into Greyhound Racing in Tasmania, TasRacing promised to rehome 100% of ex-racing greyhounds by 2019. This also has not happened.

Minister Howlett, in attempting to distract from this track record claims that the Greens “did not support" the Gaming Control Amendment (Wagering) Bill 2019 when it came before Parliament last year.

It is disappointing that one of Minister Howlett’s first actions as Minister is to lie on the public record.

As the voting record clearly shows, we voted in opposition to clauses 6, 10, and 11 of that Bill. We did not vote against the Bill itself, nor did we vote against clause 20, which contains the point of consumption tax.

It seems this Government’s go-to defence for their appalling track record on animal welfare is to deflect and try to mislead Tasmanians.