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O.P. « 2019-Sep-09, 07:23 AM »
EVEN PUNTERS COULD FACE PRISON UNDER CONTROVERSIAL NEW RACING NSW INTEGRITY LAWS

ANY person who fails to appear in front of a new racing tribunal faces up to six months imprisonment and hefty fines under proposed changes to NSW's racing legislation sparked by the controversial More Joyous affair.

Punters, former licensed people and other people not bound by the rules of racing could soon risk jail time and monetary penalties up to $11,000 for refusing to attend special inquiries under Supreme Court orders.

CHRIS ROOTS & ADAM PENGILLY report for FAIRFAX MEDIA that it is part of plans tabled in the Racing Legislation Amendment Bill which, if passed, would allow the state's racing regulators to wield more power than ever before.

Controversial punter Eddie Hayson and former jockey Allan Robinson initially failed to attend and then comply with a stewards inquiry into the All Aged Stakes flop of More Joyous in 2013, which involved a bitter spat between Gai Waterhouse, her then bookmaking son Tom and owner John Singleton. Eventually, however, the pair attended the inquiry.

A reworked Thoroughbred Racing Act would give Racing NSW the power to escalate any hearing to a special inquiry if it poses a threat to horse racing, exposing racing's underbelly to integrity checks not previously in place.

That will then allow the governing body to apply to the Supreme Court to impose a range of measures on those being investigated, including compelling them to attend special inquiries and handing over mobile phones for forensic imaging.

Harness Racing NSW will also be granted jurisdiction to apply to the Supreme Court for the compulsion powers.

It is the most ominous sign the two racing regulators will now expand their breadth of reach in inquiries to people outside of traditional licensees, a power which could be soon enshrined in law.

Previously the maximum fine for not attending an inquiry was just $550.

High-profile bettor Steve Fletcher is currently wrangling with Racing NSW in the Supreme Court over a previous request for him to hand over his telephone in the inquiry into ex-Tabcorp trading manager Sally Snow, who was warned off by stewards after an investigation into betting activities.

Snow quit her role at wagering giant Tabcorp earlier this year after Racing NSW launched probe into the licensing of a syndication business run by her husband Nathan and professional punter John Kelton.

She has to date refused to co-operate with the investigation.

The Racing Legislation Amendment Bill is the result of recommendations from Racing Appeals Tribunal head David Armati, who is appointed by the NSW government.

And it could now see a range of people fronting stewards who previously could defy any instruction to appear.

Its a further safeguard for every day punters and the integrity of harness racing, Harness Racing NSW chief executive John Dumesny said. It will allow us in exceptional circumstances to get phones of people who sit outside the rules of harness racing.

Other changes to the Racing Legislation Amendment Bill will also provide Racing NSW with an explicit power to make rules in relation to horse racing and grant the Commissioner of Police the chance to exclude a person from a racetrack if it is in the public interest.

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From  www.letsgohorseracing.com

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Offline Peter Mair

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« 2019-Sep-09, 08:35 PM Reply #1 »


Being 'visually' present does not preclude pleading the 5th -- not answering questions that may incriminate.

............................... right or wrong, the Weirs, Smerdons, Curries et al just walk away................. saying nothing.

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« 2019-Sep-10, 11:48 AM Reply #2 »
Another dribble!


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« 2019-Sep-10, 07:54 PM Reply #3 »


Is the Pope a catholic ---- and is' napes' a banana bender -- odds-on get-on!

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« 2019-Sep-11, 01:21 PM Reply #4 »
Get a bib.

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« 2019-Sep-11, 08:17 PM Reply #5 »


panes+ ..... you are it ............ a bloody idiot barker .


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