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Greyhound industry to foot bill for $3 million review

IT MAY take three months to complete, but a review will reveal how members of the greyhound racing industry went unnoticed when they strung live possums, piglets and rabbits to mechanical lures to train racing dogs.

Following the Queensland Government's cabinet meeting on Monday, Racing Minister Bill Byrne announced an independent review into the greyhound racing industry to determine how live baiting was overlooked.

He said the industry had been put on notice and that its social licence for activities had been seriously degraded.

Mr Byrne said the government wanted to find out what had occurred within the racing industry, how it could have occurred and how the industry could move forward in a "serviceable fashion".

The review is expected to cost up to $3 million, which the racing industry will fund.

Barrister Alan McSporran, who Mr Byrne said had experience in conducting inquiries, will head the review.

The minister said it was not "rocket science" to suggest there had been a regulatory oversight problem in the greyhound industry.

"There wouldn't be anybody in Queensland that wasn't as horrified as myself on witnessing the events on Four Corners and it's my intention to do everything humanly possible to stamp out such practice in the future," he said.

While Mr Byrne said his immediate concern was with the greyhounds, he alluded to other issues "associated with racing more broadly that are clearly worthy of further consideration".

"I've asked for some specific advice from my department about a number of matters but first thing is first."

The review will take about three months and is expected to officially begin when the terms of reference are confirmed later this week.

The government's review will be separate to the Racing Integrity Commission's investigation into the trainers who were revealed on ABC's Four Corners program to be using live baiting techniques to train their greyhounds, who police are also under police investigation.

- APN NEWSDESK



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