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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 3 Hansard (18 March) . .

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MR COE: Minister, is the fact that the ACT Health quarterly report for July to September 2014 has not yet been released related to the effectiveness of ACT Health's management of data?

MR CORBELL: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what are you doing to ensure that the ACT Health quarterly report, as discussed, is released, and what is the reason for the hold-up?

MR CORBELL: I have given my agreement for those reports to be released. I assume there is some process within the directorate that has to be finalised administratively to allow those reports to be released. But I have indicated to the directorate that those reports should be released.

Greyhound racing—live baiting

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Racing and Gaming. Minister, on 17 February you described the reports on live baiting in the greyhound racing industry as "truly shocking" and said that you had ordered the commission to investigate the matter further. Minister, have you ordered the commission to investigate this matter? If yes, when? If no, when will you order this investigation, and will you table the terms of reference?

MS BURCH: I have had discussions with the commissioner about this. It is my understanding that he has spoken with the greyhound club or some of his officials have visited the site. One of the key questions I had was: do any of the trainers or owners that were recognised in that Four Corners report have connections here? It is my understanding that one trainer who was identified in that report raced here two or three years ago.

This is something the commission will have an eye to over time. I am happy to bring advice, as this is something the public has a strong interest in. I know many members in this Assembly have had a lot of correspondence damning the practice, which was absolutely disgraceful. I have confidence that the greyhound industry here abides by all the integrity that the code of conduct of the industry requires.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, when you directed the Gambling and Racing Commission to make inquiries as to whether interstate trainers who use live baiting had operated in the ACT, what were the outcomes? Will you be issuing a report from the review that is being conducted?

MS BURCH: I think I indicated in my first answer that there was one trainer identified that was here once. But I will get an update, and I am quite happy to bring back, probably tomorrow, at the end of question time, some information about where


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