WELFARE GROUP BACKS TEMPORARY INTEGRITY CHIEF
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.