The Courier-Mail



THE RSPCA has given a sur­prise seal of ap­proval to the ap­point­ment of Rac­ing Queens­land’s new act­ing in­tegrity chief Jamie Dart.

De­spite be­ing the chief stew­ard of grey­hounds dur­ing the time that took in the MacS­por­ran in­quiry, Dart was el­e­vated to the po­si­tion on the rec­om­men­da­tion of De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Ainsworth.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Hall said Dart would fill the po­si­tion “un­til such time as the role has been filled per­ma­nently”.

RSPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Tow­nend has backed Ainsworth and Hall on the ap­point­ment, dis­tanc­ing Dart from the “old live­bait­ing peo­ple in the sys­tem”.

“If you can find an hon­est body in all those peo­ple there you would be smart to use them,” Tow­nend said. “He cer­tainly wasn’t in­doc­tri­nated when the in­ves­ti­ga­tion started. Jamie has been help­ful and there is proof he has tried to in­tro­duce some changes in the in­dus­try.

“I don’t think they would have risked their cred­i­bil­ity by putting some­one in who couldn’t han­dle the job.

“I’m con­fi­dent that the cur­rent man­age­ment, ad­vis­ers and act­ing CEO have no con­nec­tion to the old live bait­ing peo­ple.’’

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Dar­ren Con­don and in­tegrity boss Wade Birch were sacked in the wake of the scan­dal, but there was never any sug­ges­tion ei­ther played roles in the bait­ing scan­dal.

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