Tasmanian News

Government under attack on racing

Labor's still pursuing the Tasmanian Government after moves to break the link between stakes and CPI cut prize money for horse and greyhound racing.

Opposition spokesman Scott Bacon says Racing Minister Jeremy Rockliff has ignored the recommendations of his own working group into the sector.

"The recommendations said that any cut to stakes money in Tasmania would have a detrimental effect on the racing industry, and that would be irreversible," he said. 

"And then Jeremy Rockliff decided to cut $3 million from the racing industry in spite of what his report said."

The Greens have also used this weeks' government business enterprise hearings to attack Tasracing on animal welfare issues.

A report into the greyhound sector wouldn't rule out the possibility that live baiting is occurring in Tasmania, which has 31 bullrings and 28 private trial tracks.

"TasRacing is sweeping all of this evidence under the rug while claiming that they meet or exceed community expectations towards animal welfare out of one corner of their mouth, and labelling concerns over animal welfare as propaganda out of the other," said Greens MP Andrea Dawkins. 

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