LNP calls for transparent racing inquiry to restore confidence

28 Oct 2019 1:05 PMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Almost a week after the announcement of a racing inquiry into animal welfare of retired Queensland racehorses, Queenslanders are still in the dark over the scope of the inquiry and whether it will examine failures of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC).

LNP Shadow Racing Minister John-Paul Langbroek has written (attached) to the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk demanding answers.

“Labor needs to get to the bottom of what happened and ensure it doesn’t happen again,” Mr Langbroek said.

“The racing industry is a huge jobs generator, particularly in regional Queensland and these animal welfare issues need to be fixed to ensure confidence is restored by this inquiry.

“The LNP has grave concerns that QRIC failures will be swept under the rug by this inquiry.

“There is no terms of reference, no commitment to public hearings and no date when a report will be made public.

“Concerns were also raised last week about Queensland Government Departments being made aware of complaints and failing to act.

“QRIC should be investigated for their own failures, not leading the inquiry.

“Queensland’s beloved racing industry is at a crossroad and the last thing it needs right now is another Palaszczuk Labor Government cover-up.”

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