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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