MPI – Racing Industry

18 Feb 2016 12:36 PMJann Stuckey

Racing Industry


Mrs STUCKEY (Currumbin—LNP) (10.23 am): Queensland’s racing industry faces even more uncertainty with revelations that Labor’s two-month-old Tracking Towards Sustainability plan has been withdrawn and is being reviewed. It took six months and two ministers to come up with a plan, supposedly based on consultation, that was already under review just weeks after its release. The plan, which includes $19 million in prize money cuts across all three racing codes, a reduction in country race meets and slashing of jockey fees, faces the chop. I call on the minister to ask: what is going on? Will she confirm if this unpopular Tracking Towards Sustainability plan has been withdrawn or if it is under review? There have been calls for the grossly flawed TTS plan to be scrapped altogether and demands for new consultation with industry to take place, so that people can have their say and be heard before the new Racing Integrity Bill is debated. Confidence in this industry is at an all-time low and this latest show of incompetence reveals just how damaging has been Labor’s revenge attack on racing.
Sadly, it seems that nothing has changed with this new minister. Despite being responsible for job creation, she sits on her hands and watches hundreds of jobs disappear. She might have met with industry more than her predecessor, who refused to meet with them, but few believe she is listening. Only recently, Labor’s racing minister, Grace Grace, admitted serious breaches of protocol in the appointment of Ian Hall as the acting head of Racing Queensland after media attention raised potential conflicts of interest. Sloppy behaviour and incorrect and conflicting answers to questions have infuriated the industry, which has formed its own advocacy group, QRUG. Add to that basic mistakes in the annual report, a refusal to supply financial figures, pre-Christmas letters of demand to country and provincial clubs for backdated public insurance and flawed consultation processes.

And what of country racing? This government has taken funding responsibilities away from Racing Queensland and put it into Treasury, and we know what that means: it will never come back. A number of Queensland’s 120 country clubs will be crushed under the new capability regulations. It is no surprise that, after a year of sustained attacks and blatant disregard, the industry has finally lost its patience and is considering its future. The industry sent this revengeful Labor government a message and asked me to table this document titled Why does the Queensland government HATE the racing industry?

Tabled paper: Flyer regarding the Racing Integrity Bill.
As I have said many times, this Labor government’s left hand does not know what its right hand is doing, while it destroys this proud—

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