In an attempt to extract further information, ARG asked what topics had been discussed by the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel, which would have an impact on the sport moving forward.
A spokesperson from the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel would only give a vague description of the group’s objectives, however did mention the five-person panel had met multiple times.
“The panel has met five times on a weekly basis since October and has considered a number of reports, including the recommendations of the Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry, as well as the industry reform guarantees that were put forward by the Greyhound Racing Industry Alliance in August,” the spokesperson said.
“The NSW Government appointed the Greyhound Industry Reform Panel to determine the new regime that will ensure greyhound racing in NSW prioritises animal welfare, has a robust governance structure and a tough independent regulator to monitor the industry.”
ARG also asked whether the industry will be able to make submissions for consideration, and whether the work of the panel will be made public prior to the recommendations being submitted to the Premier.
“Stakeholders have been consulted extensively through the Commission of Special Inquiry and through the Transition Taskforce’s work, led by John Keniry.
“The Panel will consult directly with relevant experts as part of its work.”
The spokesperson was unable to provide a timeframe on when the recommendations would be handed to the government, stating “The Government has given the Panel the time it needs to complete its work before it recommends the next steps for the industry”.
Australian Racing Greyhound will endeavour to learn more about the process of the Panel’s work and what will form a part of the recommendations to the government.
It is unacceptable if the industry is kept in the dark until the recommendations are submitted to the Government.
With tens of thousands of people involved in the sport in some capacity, we deserve to know what is being proposed and we should be given the chance to submit a response to any concerns.
This is not about fighting reform. The industry recognises it needs to lift its standards and it is ready to do so, but at the same time it is grossly unfair to leave everyone in the dark whilst making drastic changes to people’s way of life, without their consultation.
Added to this, the government is still yet to confirm whether the panel will be required to recommend restricting the industry to the 2000 breeding quota mentioned in the NSW Greyhound Racing Industry Alliance’s letter to the Premier on August 9, which is specifically mentioned within the terms of reference.
Once again, everything seems like a secret.
Whilst understanding the panel is undertaking a gruelling task, greater transparency is needed if the reform process is to be successful.