The ACT government is shutting the community out of discussions about how the territory will phase out the greyhound racing industry, the Canberra Liberals claim.
Shadow Gaming and Racing Minister Mark Parton said the government was unreasonably delaying the release of a report led by former health services commissioner Mary Durkin into how the transition should work.
"I think it's important that we see evidence of the conversations going on in the industry," Mr Parton said.
"For a minister that prides himself on acting according to community values, I find it ironic that Minister Ramsay has not allowed the community to view the report much less take part in the discussion."
The government is set to withdraw more than $1 million in funding from the industry from July 1, after Chief Minister Andrew Barr said it was untenable for taxpayers to continue subsidising the controversial industry. The funding will be redirected towards re-skilling those who work in the industry, as well as re-homing and caring for the greyhounds.
While the government stopped short of banning the sport, Regulatory Services Minister Gordon Ramsay commissioned Ms Durkin as the independent consultant to advise the transition.
Mr Ramsay earlier said Ms Durkin would engage with greyhound industry and animal welfare representatives in developing her report. But while he was handed the report on May 16, Mr Ramsay has refused to say how much of its contents - if any - will be made public.
Mr Parton said he doubted the report provided the smoking gun they were looking for.
"When they called upon Mary Durkin to put the report together, I don't think they had any idea how they were going to 'transition' to the end of the industry," he said.
"I think they figured if they got someone as capable as Mary Durkin to undertake a number of conversations within the space that maybe they could form an idea. But I don't think they have [formed the idea]."
Mr Ramsay reiterated the transition options in the report could not yet be disclosed.
"The government will now consider its position on the options for a transition process in the coming weeks, prior to 30 June 2017," he said.
"The extent to which this report can be made public will be considered after the report has been reviewed."
A lobbyist for the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club earlier said it would continue to operate with or without support and funding from the ACT government, but that high animal welfare standards could be comprised if the money was taken away.
In response to that claim, Mr Ramsay said the government "will be focused on animal welfare throughout the transition".
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