Proper protection nationally for injured jockeys
The risks are great but the incidence of serious injury seems to be lower than might be expected.
There is something un-Australian about risk taking employees being, more or less, abandoned when disabled.
Our defence force employees commonly illustrate how people are being put through a wringer before getting injuries accepted and compensated.
With so much money in 'racing', and so much of it being 'wasted' on subsidies to racing that is not viable, it is well beyond time that the industry has a compensation scheme for injury and death.
Jockeys guilty of causing interference is a very different matter to saying a jockey deliberately rode to win at all costs.
There should be a national compensation scheme funded in part by 'the industry' and part by 'jockeys' individually -- with the latter paying higher premiums in line with their riding-record.
Administrators also have a responsibility to set the rules to reduce risk -- racing in Europe and Hong Kong is generally safer to the eye, because the riding is not so tight, tracks are generally not tight, and fields are smaller.
The needed evidence is about the different incidence of jockey-injuries in different jurisdictions -- and then making a case for reforms.
Policy in this area seems to fit the model of administrators chasing the funding buck at all costs and them wasting the funds given.