World News NSW government launches inquiry into greyhound racing industry amid animal welfare concerns Blog

The New South Wales government will investigate the state’s greyhound racing industry following allegations of animal cruelty.

On Thursday, New South Wales Minister for Gaming and Horse Racing David Harris appointed the Honourable Lea Drake to lead an independent inquiry into Greyhound Racing NSW.

The investigation will examine complaints about GRNSW’s governance, operations, track safety and animal welfare, and will investigate complaints from whistleblowers.

Mr Harris said he was “absolutely committed” to creating a “competitive, responsible and sustainable” industry that protects animal welfare and integrity.

“It is important that the governing bodies and senior management of racing associations adhere to these standards,” he said.

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Camera iconThe New South Wales government has launched an investigation into the state’s greyhound racing industry. NewsWire / Martin Ollman Credit: News Corp Australia

“I take these various concerns about GRNSW very seriously and this investigation will conduct a thorough and comprehensive review of all relevant issues, using the full investigative powers of the GWIC.”

Mr Harris said the New South Wales Government would work with GRNSW and other industry participants to ensure the “viability and longevity” of the industry.

GRNSW welcomed the announcement of the inquiry and the appointment of Ms Drake.

“Ms Drake is one of Australia’s most respected and renowned investigators and mediators with a reputation for forensic investigation and critical thinking,” GRNSW acting CEO Wayne Billett said on Thursday.

“We welcome the opportunity for external auditing of our processes and services, including the modernization process undertaken in recent years.”

The announcement comes just one day after the resignation of GRNSW CEO Robert Macauley.

The investigation will present its findings to the government by December 13, 2024.

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