Racing industry still in dark over Integrity Commission costs

23 Mar 2016 12:22 PMJann Stuckey

Racing Minister Grace Grace has been forced to admit she doesn’t know the cost of the new Racing Integrity Commission after being quizzed by the LNP about cost blowouts associated with the new body.

Shadow Racing Minister Jann Stuckey said Labor still couldn’t address concerns that extra costs associated with the proposed Integrity Commission would be passed onto the industry at a time when morale was at an all-time low.

“The industry wants answers, but this frozen-at-the-wheel Palaszczuk Labor Government doesn’t even know itself how much the new Commission will cost,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Minister Grace promised she would disclose the costs of the Commission, but at a recent meeting admitted her department was yet to finalise the figures, which is a complete contradiction to her previous pledge that the new Racing Integrity commission wouldn’t cost more than the current system.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is making it up as it goes along and has Queensland racing in complete chaos, with country race cuts and jockeys threatening revolt.

“When will this do-nothing, know-nothing Palaszczuk Labor Government get its act together and clean up the mess it’s created?”

Ms Stuckey said the Agriculture and Environment Committee could not agree that the Racing Integrity Bill be passed, with concerns about a lack of consultation and an absence of costings for the new Integrity Commission.

“Labor’s lack of costings for the Commission is a breach of section 23 of the Legislative Standards Act 1992 which states the explanatory notes must provide an assessment of the cost to the Queensland Government to implement the Bill,” she said.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government can’t understand that the Queensland racing industry and the livelihoods of those involved are on the line as a result of the Minister’s mismanagement.”

[ENDS] 22 March 2016