Tasmania’s beleaguered Office Of Racing Integrity will be abolished by the state government after a commissioned report by Ray Murrihy found a lack of independence had diminished the racing industry’s faith in the body.

The Murrihy Report, prompted by accusations of race fixing and animal cruelty in Tasmania’s harness racing industry, was finally released on Wednesday having been initially provided to the government in November.

Racing Minister Felix Ellis described the release of the report as a dark day for the Tasmanian industry.

“The Report clearly demonstrates a regulator that has serious issues relating to complaints handling, a lack of policies and procedures, lack of leadership, accountability and transparency,” he said.

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