RACING AND WAGERING
WESTERN AUSTRALIA — GREYHOUNDS — PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES
1131. Hon ALISON XAMON to the minister representing the
Minister for Racing and Gaming:
I refer to the testing of dogs for
prohibited substances in the greyhound racing industry.
(1) Is the minister aware that a greyhound tested
positive to amphetamines after winning its race earlier this year?
(2) If a dog
tests positive for an illicit substance, are Racing and Wagering Western Australia's
officers compelled to notify the police?
(3) If yes to
(1), at what stage of the investigation are the results of the test disclosed
to the police—when the substance is detected or after the stewards'
inquiry has been completed?
(4) If no to (2), why are the
police not notified?
(5) What percentage of greyhounds
are tested for prohibited substances at a racing event?
ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of this question. The following information has been provided to me
by the Minister for Racing and Gaming.
(3) Not applicable.
(4) The detection
of a prohibited substance in a racing animal is not considered a criminal
offence and, therefore, no police resources are dedicated to racing matters.
Jurisdiction is vested in the relevant rules of racing as per section 45 of the
Racing and Wagering Western Australia Act 2003.
(5) It was 35 per
cent of all winners, totalling 1 229 actual swabs last year, with 99.5 per cent
of all samples being free of any prohibited substances.