QLD racing industry turned on its ear by Labor

27 Oct 2015 10:48 AMJann Stuckey

Queensland’s racing industry is being held back by a Palaszczuk Labor Government with no plan.

Shadow Racing Minister Jann Stuckey said all Labor had done since being elected was turn the industry on its ear and create an environment of fear, intimidation and stagnation across all three racing codes – thoroughbreds, harness and greyhounds.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s handling of the live baiting issue has had a hugely negative impact upon the entire industry and damaged our reputation across Australian racing circles,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Delay after delay has harmed Queensland’s racing industry immeasurably and the Minister responsible has been invisible.

“This Labor Government is holding back an industry that contributes millions of dollars to our economy and employs thousands of Queenslanders.”

Ms Stuckey said the Palaszczuk Government had failed in its objective to maintain public confidence in, and ensure the integrity of, the Queensland racing industry.

“Twenty-one weeks have passed since Labor sacked all the racing boards and appointed an interim administrator for Racing Queensland, yet the industry has been left hanging,” she said.

“Minister Bill Byrne has still not outlined a plan to restore confidence and provide a positive future for racing in this state.

“There is no question that the practice of live baiting is abhorrent, but unacceptable delays into hearing appeals of greyhound trainers has left the livelihoods innocent families at the mercy of a dawdling Labor Government.”

Ms Stuckey said as she travelled around the state, concerns had also been raised with her about the Palaszczuk Government’s pre-ordained agenda to cut the number of race meets in regional areas.

“Towns like Longreach, Emerald and Mt Isa are being forced to wait anxiously as to the future of their race meets,” she said.

“I call on the Minister to reassure these towns and give a guarantee today that he will not cut any current country race meets. The Palaszczuk Government simply cannot turn its back on country folk and their racing.

“The LNP recognises the critical importance of these meetings from the economic and social benefits to the local jobs they create.

“Only the LNP has the experience and competence to harness the potential of Queensland’s racing industry.”

[ENDS] 27 October 2015