Govt reviews RSPCA funding (Tasmania)

ABC News Tue Nov 13, 2012

he Tasmanian Government is reviewing taxpayer funding of the RSPCA in light of its management woes.

The animal welfare organisation is struggling financially and has sacked its chief executive, Ben Sturges.

About 10 staff members are demanding the resignation of the three-member board over the poor state of its finances.

The Tasmanian Greens want the State Government to intervene in what they are calling a crisis in the organisation.

The Greens’ Cassy O’Connor told Parliament the Government should insist the board be disbanded.

“An administrator (should) be appointed to the RSPCA to get its finances and management in order until a new board with the relevant business and management skills can be established,” she said.

Deputy Opposition Leader Jeremy Rockliff said he wanted the Public Accounts Committee to investigate the RSPCA’s handling of taxpayer funding.

“The RSPCA in Tasmania is regularly distracted from their primary tasks by dysfunctional corporate governance issues which have a negative effect on public support for the RSPCA.”

The State Government has increased the RSPCA’s taxpayer funding.

Deputy Premier Bryan Green said he would not intervene in the running of the organisation but has spoken with the national president.

“I’ve asked them to assure the Government that the funds are being expended in an appropriate way and I’ve asked the department to write to the RSPCA at a national level and we are scrutinising very closely whether or not the next $200,000 that is required as part of the payment goes forward under the circumstances that currently prevail,” he said.

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