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Another jumps racing death is an indictment on the Weatherill Government’s commitment to animal welfare say the Greens. ‘Surface to Air’ broke down yesterday whilst competing in the 3280m distance hurdle at Murray Bridge and was later euthanised. This is the second horse in South Australia and the seventh reported fall this season. This was only the second jumps race held at Murray Bridge this year, both have been marred by falls. The first race at Murray bridge had four horses start but only two finished due to falls.
The State Parliament’s Upper House voted against Labor’s Return to Work Corporation of South Australia (Crown Claims Management) Amendment Bill, which sought to privatise public sector workers’ compensation insurance in South Australia. Under the Bill, Crown claims would be referred to claims agents – Employers Mutual Limited and Gallagher Bassett – rather than managed in-house by the relevant Department.
Greens Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson, Tammy Franks MLC, has condemned the Weatherill Labor Government’s attack on the autonomy of Indigenous governance on APY lands. Through the permanent extension of the highly controversial Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2014, amendments allow a Minister to sack the executive on a whim.
The Greens have called on the Government Minister charged with responsibilities under the Animal Welfare Act to take basic measures to ensure that the “Australian Greyhounds” currently kept in horrifying conditions and raced against cheetahs in Shanghai did not originate from South Australia.
We are shocked to learn about the loss of funding for the Welfare Rights Centre SA, in an era where the Federal Government are pursuing false debt notices and demonising our nation’s most vulnerable.
The Welfare Rights Centre SA has been supporting those in need for three decades and Greens MLC Tammy Franks said the move will disadvantage both the state and its people.