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Letters: Time to act

IT IS pleasing to know that the Queensland Government has at last decided to set up a properly constituted commission with increased coercive powers to investigate the scandalous live-baiting practices in greyhound racing.

Thanks mainly to the involvement of the RSPCA several greyhound trainers have so far been suspended or banned for life and others have been or will be prosecuted.

But what has been done about removing those responsible for the oversight of greyhound racing - the Racing Queensland Integrity Officers totally discredited by Four Corners several weeks ago?

Their counterparts in NSW and Victoria have long since gone - either sacked or having resigned en masse.

If the Premier is "determined to be a leader that doesn't just talk about integrity and accountability, but delivers on it" (Sunday Mail, April 12), she will disband the existing Qld Racing Integrity watch dog and replace it with an independent panel including representatives of the RSPCA and the veterinary profession.

Nothing short of this will restore public confidence in greyhound racing.

Gympie Times


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