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State Greyhound Racing Industry Inquiry

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Sunday, 1 March 2015

Tags: Animal Welfare, Greyhound Racing

A Greens' Motion to establish a Joint House Parliamentary Inquiry into Tasmania's greyhound racing industry looks set to pass the House of Assembly this month.

Greens' Animal Welfare spokesperson, Cassy O'Connor MP, said on Friday, Deputy Premier, Jeremy Rockliff, rang to indicate the Liberals are prepared to give in-principle support for a Joint House Inquiry.

"This is a significant step forward for animal welfare in Tasmania," Ms O'Connor said.

"Mr Rockliff and I had a respectful and constructive conversation about the need for both Houses of Parliament to examine these allegations and for whistleblowers to be protected," Ms O'Connor said.

"We agreed to work together on the Terms of Reference which I have drafted for the Deputy Premier to take back to his Party Room before Parliament resumes this week."

"This is a significant step forward.  I hope the establishment of this inquiry will reassure all those many, many Tasmanians who have written to their MPs over the past two weeks that they have been heard."

"I understand the Chief Veterinary Officer and Director of Racing Services Tasmania are also supportive of an Inquiry.  Their experience with the greyhound industry and the findings of their Review will make an important contribution to the Committee's work."

"My message to any compassionate person who has seen, or knows of, acts of unlawful cruelty happening in the name of greyhound racing, this inquiry will be your opportunity to come forward under the protection of Parliamentary Privilege."

"Those who have done no wrong have nothing to fear as a result of Parliament's focus on the greyhound racing industry."

“The Greens are hopeful that once passed by the Lower House the Legislative Council will also support the establishment of this important inquiry.”

"The motion to establish the Joint House Inquiry will be debated in the first Greens' Private Members' Time in the Assembly on Wednesday, March 18," Ms O’Connor said.