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« 2019-Jul-05, 07:49 PM Reply #1850 »
5 JULY 2019

Former Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has been appointed to the Racing Queensland board as the organisation's thoroughbred industry representative.

Upon making the announcement, Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Mr Quirk brought a strong set of skills and capabilities to the role.

“As a thoroughbred owner and breeder, Graham Quirk lives and breathes racing,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“He’s a regular visitor to the races and is highly respected for his knowledge and understanding of the thoroughbred industry.

“Mr Quirk is a great addition to the team at RQ, who will help to deliver the stronger commercial focus needed to grow and prosper Queensland’s racing industry.

“I look forward to working with Graham and the leadership team at RQ to create a more resilient industry for owners, trainers, breeders and the other participants who are the lifeblood of the industry.”

In late April, Mr Hinchliffe announced the appointment of Jane Seawright as a non-industry board member, while thanking Susannah George and Mark Sowerby for their time at RQ.

Mr Quirk will take up his appointment to Racing Queensland immediately.

Racing Queensland Board appointments:

Mr Steve Wilson AM (Chairperson;
Ms Sharon Dawson (Deputy Chairperson);
Mr Max Walters OAM (non-industry member);
Ms Jane Seawright (non-industry member);
Mr Dale Cartwright (greyhound representative);
Ms Margaret Reynolds (harness representative); and
Mr Graham Quirk (thoroughbred representative).

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« 2019-Jul-05, 09:05 PM Reply #1851 »
The former Transport Minister who couldn't grasp the concept that if you increase the number of passenger trains you need more people to drive them has resurfaced as the Racing Minister. Shows you what priority the Government puts on Racing. And where does he going looking when he needs another Board member for a cushy retirement package- straight to an ex pollie. Qualifications as listed by the Minister state" lives and breathes racing ". Met a couple of blokes down the Geebung RSL Today who said they had the same qualifications. Apparently they didn't get a call re the vacancy . Total joke.

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« 2019-Jul-21, 06:11 PM Reply #1852 »
The time is now 6.11pm and the races at Sunshine Coast have been run and won but the replays are only up to race 4 .....5 6 7 8 &9 are not available for viewing How hopeless is this  :thumbsd:

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« 2019-Jul-24, 09:00 PM Reply #1853 »
Unable to access last three replays from Doomben a few minutes ago all good races 1 to 6 but no go  for races  7, 8 & would think that whoever is responsible for putting the replays up would run a test to see they are all working before he or she clocks off for the day.

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« 2019-Jul-25, 08:39 AM Reply #1854 »
Wednesday 24 July, 2019   
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Tabcorp believes UBET was entitled to withhold an alleged $11m in fees from RQ last year.

Betting giant Tabcorp believes its subsidiary UBET was entitled to withhold an alleged $11 million in fees from Racing Queensland last year as an offset to the state's new wagering tax.

Tabcorp, which was served with a damages claim from the administrator in June, said details revealed in the Supreme Court of Queensland on Wednesday confirmed RQ was seeking compensation for an alleged underpayment by UBET.

The claim relates to the extent to which Queensland's new point of consumption tax is borne by UBET or RQ, and impacts fees calculated under two contractual arrangements.

Tabcorp said it was preparing a formal defence but maintains it will "defend the charges vigorously".

The gambling company says previously redacted court documents show RQ is alleging an $11 million underpayment by UBET between the introduction of the tax in October, through to December.

The claim is then extended across the potential impact across the 25-year term of the deed between the two parties, Tabcorp said in its release to the ASX.

Tabcorp said UBET disagreed with how the fees were calculated and believed it was entitled to be "made whole" for the impact of the tax for the duration of the agreement.

Tabcorp also said RQ is also seeking repayment from UBET for reduced top-up fees between 2018 and 2020 - an offset introduced to help UBET account for the impact of the tax.

The company said it believed no such repayment was required under its deed of understanding with RQ, as the claim would mean UBET "bears the full wagering tax increase in that period".

Tabcorp shares slipped 0.11 per cent to $4.605 at 1143 AEST on Wednesday, but have still gained 7.23 per cent so far in 2019.


You would think the arrangement entered into would be clear on this....... now they have to fight it out in or both may not be happy with the decision.

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« 2019-Jul-25, 06:05 PM Reply #1855 »
Almost missed this after watching the Estimates Committee hearing on the Premier & Cabinet I only found this by accident The Hon Hinchcliffe in the ring fielding questions from the LNP member for Surfers Pasradise the Hon. Langbroek alsoQRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett.

23 Jul 2019 Estimates—Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
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In Attendance
Hon. SJ Hinchliffe, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for
Multicultural Affairs

Lot of editing required to concentrate onRacing and exclude the discussion on the other parts of the Department ......will get back to later.....I stuffed up the first attempt deleted the lot. :shy:

 In Attendance Hon. SJ Hinchliffe, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Ms K Adams, Chief of Staff Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs Mr W Agnew, Director-General Ms N Wilde, Deputy Director-General (Local Government Division) Ms R Atkinson, Deputy Director-General (Strategy, Governance and Engagement) Office of the Independent Assessor Ms K Florian, Independent Assessor Racing Queensland Mr B Parnell, Chief Executive Officer Queensland Racing Integrity Commission Mr R Barnett, AMP, Racing Integrity Commissioner
CHAIR: The committee will now examine the proposed expenditure in the Appropriation Bill 2019 for the portfolio areas of the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs. The committee will examine the minister's portfolio areas until 9 pm. Visiting members present are Ann Leahy, the member for Warrego, and Sandy Bolton, the member for Noosa. My understanding is that John-Paul Langbroek, the member for Surfers Paradise, will drop in on this session at some point.

CHAIR: Thank you, Minister. We still have those other issues on which you might get back to us before nine. I note that we have the great pleasure of having the member for Surfers Paradise, John-Paul Langbroek, as our guest for this next session. With that, we will conclude examination of the portfolio area of local government and move on to the examination of the estimates of the portfolio areas of racing and multicultural affairs. We note that the minister may get back to us on some of those outstanding issues to do with local government by 9 pm.
Moving on to questions, I call the member for Surfers Paradise.
 Mr LANGBROEK: I thank the committee for having me here today. I also thank the minister, staff, the director-general, the commissioner of QRIC and the CEO of Queensland Racing. Thank you all for being here this evening. I refer to the answer to question on notice No. 17. Will the minister explain the 2018-19 underspend of $526,000 in Multicultural Affairs? Mr HINCHLIFFE: The underspend to which the member refers is the corrected one from the publication error. In terms of the underspend of $526,000, I will get back to you before the end of the session with more information about that.

 Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you very much. I refer to Budget Paper No. 2, table 4.2 on page 79, where it refers to wagering taxes, specifically the point-of-consumption tax. Why is Racing Queensland embroiled in a court case when there were public reassurances that neither the industry nor Tabcorp would be worse off after the point-of-consumption tax was introduced?
Mr HINCHLIFFE: Any actions that Racing Queensland takes in relation to matters are matters for Racing Queensland. I call on the CEO of Racing Queensland to respond to that.
Mr Parnell: Thank you for the question. As the matter is subject to legal proceedings currently underway through the court system, we are not in a position to comment or explain further, other than to say that our responsibility is to the state and to our industry to represent its interests in the best possible way.

Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you very much. While you are here, I ask the minister about Racing Queensland abandoning plans to move offices from Deagon. Were any costs incurred by the abandoned move, including breaking any intention-to-lease agreement on Green Square, where I think the plan was to move?
Mr HINCHLIFFE: Again, those are matters are for Racing Queensland to answer. I will defer to Mr Parnell to respond.
 Mr Parnell: The relocation expenses incurred in total were just over $51,000.
 Mr LANGBROEK: With regard to matters such as cancelling Racing Queensland’s plan to move and also the recent infrastructure upgrade at Ipswich, were such decisions via intervention from the ministerial office or from the board level at Racing Queensland? Where did they come from?
 Mr HINCHLIFFE: Ultimately, the member has raised two separate issues. That is not quite within the standing orders, but I understand that the member asks more generally about decision-making.
Mr LANGBROEK: I am happy to separate them. Mr HINCHLIFFE: That is okay. I will respond.
 In relation to the Ipswich Turf Club and its infrastructure projects, they were matters about which Racing Queensland ultimately made decisions— the nature of the project. In negotiations with the Ipswich Turf Club they came to a determination about that. In relation to the matter of the contemplation of a move, no final decision having been made, I certainly gave advice and counselled Racing Queensland and the board that that was a matter that would not meet with my approval unless it was undertaken having seen the result of two things—first, the master planning process for Deagon, and the timing of that is in line with the Brisbane City Council's neighbourhood planning process for Sandgate and districts. Second, I gave instruction that I believed they should be considering ensuring that, should there be any move, the result of any move was something that would put money back into the industry rather than having rent going to an outside body

Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you for that clarification. I return to another issue that is covered by the answer to question on notice No. 17 with regard to the Racing Infrastructure Fund. Will the minister explain the $30.2 million 2018-19 underspend when so many priority projects are identified in the annual report?
Mr HINCHLIFFE: There certainly is a significant range of projects in planning and in progression under the Racing Infrastructure Fund. It supports a broad array of priority racing infrastructure projects. The fund is drawn mainly from Tabcorp's payments for its exclusive wagering deal and its wagering licence. The fund pays for projects such as the redevelopment of Ipswich Turf Club's Bundamba racecourse, as the member made mention of; the $6 million country and regional capital works program; the $3.7 million project that we saw completed for the Eagle Farm track rectification; and the $3.5 million for critical capital works at the Brisbane Racing Club's Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses that have drawn down upon it.
The situation is that there is a lot of significant planning, consultation and engagement that needs to be delivered to address the needs of infrastructure in racing across Queensland. These funds will be drawn down further as full business cases are presented to government by Racing Queensland for consideration, so we are keen to see that pipeline continuing and ramping up. I have to say that I have increased confidence in that pipeline.
 Racing Queensland has published an infrastructure plan, including a list of the proposed infrastructure developments. As these are properly developed and assessed, the process will be activated to release the funds for these projects. However, it is vital that with a finite infrastructure fund projects are developed prudently and we ensure that they are delivered where they are most needed and they cater for all three codes most effectively in a sustainable manner. That is the work that has been going on and it probably has meant that we have not seen those dollars go out the door as quickly as I might like to have seen, but I have confidence that that pipeline is significantly improving. I want to make sure that we get this right, particularly because of the finite funds that we are talking about—the finite funds that result from the absolute dud deal that was done by the LNP in government with that stellar minister Steve Dickson that resulted in an absolute dud deal that we have to live with as an albatross around our neck until 2024.
 Mr LANGBROEK: Thanks, Minister. I refer to the Racing Infrastructure Fund again at question on notice No. 17 and the answer. Will night racing be delivered at the Gold Coast by 2020 as promised at page 42 in the 2017-18 annual report of Racing Queensland?
 Mr HINCHLIFFE: In terms of what is coming down through the pipeline, I might refer that question to the CEO of Racing Queensland and allow him to talk about the pipeline and the range of very exciting projects that are in the infrastructure plan but, as I said, we have to make sure that these are prudently and effectively delivered and done.
 Mr Parnell: Thanks for the question, member for Surfers Paradise. Night racing is a core part, as the member knows, for Racing Queensland strategies to leverage export opportunities and to create new visitation to Queensland, of which the Gold Coast is central to that night racing plan. The Gold Coast delivery of night racing will be subject to business case approval by the department and government and, because of the magnitude of the project, Governor in Council as well.
 That business case is in development at the moment. Already feasibility funding has been drawn down to complete assessment of different turf types. There are several varieties of couch and kikuyu which are currently to be tested around the Bundall racetrack. Feasibility assessment is underway for lighting and final specifications for width of course proper, for the synthetic racing surface and trialling surface and for the full specifications with the Gold Coast Turf Club.
 Once the business case has been entered and approved through government processes, then we will be in a position to confirm when lights will be available for racing under lights at the Gold Coast.
 Mr LANGBROEK: My next question follows on from the previous one about the answer to question on notice No. 17 and the Racing Infrastructure Fund. Minister, will at least one new or replacement harness racing venue be delivered by 2020 as promised in the annual report of Racing Queensland?
Mr HINCHLIFFE: As I have said in relation to the rollout of the infrastructure fund and the infrastructure program of Racing Queensland, we have to get this right and deliver things effectively and efficiently, as we should be committed to, to the whole of industry across the three codes. Certainly the ambition is around delivering the quality infrastructure that is needed across those three codes in the state, but we have to do it carefully and right and do it in consultation with all of the stakeholders and get the programs right. We have to look at what happened with infrastructure when the LNP were in charge. Eagle Farm was bungled.
 That is the reality. We have to make sure that we get these things 106 Estimates—Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs (Proof) 23 Jul 2019 right and make them work right, particularly, as I have highlighted before, with the finite funds that are available under the program as a result of the dud deal that was done. I am happy again for the CEO of Racing Queensland to address the specific issue of the harness venue in response to the committee to provide more information to the committee, but my main emphasis is making sure we get these things right and do not bungle them by rushing them.
Mr Parnell: Referencing the question on new harness infrastructure, which applies equally to greyhound infrastructure, significant work has been done through the Deloittes work on participant location in the south-east and it has been outlined many times that there are significant pockets of participant locations to the south and west of Brisbane. In my 14 months in this role it has been a clear focus to narrow down the potential sites and have a very thorough engagement with both the harness and the greyhound participants and particularly the clubs so that stakeholder engagement ensures full buy-in from the racing industry. With that in mind, a number of sites have various stages of commercial negotiation. Due to confidentiality and obviously not wanting to breach any of those potential outcomes for the racing industry, they will not be speculated on by Racing Queensland until those sites are secured and business cases are lodged with government and approved. However, a clear focus has been stakeholder engagement with clubs and participants and progress on doing these projects well, and I think the Eagle Farm delivery on 22 December is a testament of working more collaboratively with our industry partners.
 Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you. My next question is a follow-on question again. Minister, it is a question to you about the answer to question on notice No. 17. The annual report for 2017-18, which came out about this time a year ago, said that these things would be delivered by 2020, so that is why my question is— CHAIR: Member for Surfers Paradise— Mr LANGBROEK: Yes? CHAIR: You are getting to the question? Mr LANGBROEK: Yes. Will two new or replacement greyhound racing venues be delivered by 2020 as promised in the 2017-18 annual report of Racing Queensland?
 Mr HINCHLIFFE: I will refer the member for Surfers Paradise to the answer I gave in relation to his last question and I will refer him to the answer that the CEO of Racing Queensland gave to his last question. Investment in these new facilities will deliver a significant change for industry. It is important that that is done with the full confidence of the codes involved. Given that this question particularly relates to greyhound racing, it is all about delivering high-quality venues that enhance animal welfare, provide better training facilities, support the existing participants' needs and attract new participants by providing entry level opportunities. That is where all of the focus and work is going. There is significant progress. I have a great level of confidence in the progress of the pipeline in relation to these projects and I look forward to seeing those outcomes come to fruition. As the CEO has just said in relation to the answer to the last question, we have to be a little bit careful about how we talk about some of those things right at this particular point in time. CHAIR: Thank you, member for Surfers Paradise.
Ms BOYD: With reference to page 2 of the SDS for the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs and the implementation of the country racing package, could you please outline how the country racing package is supporting racing in the bush?
 Mr HINCHLIFFE: I thank the member for Pine Rivers for the question. As I have highlighted, we took to the last election a strong commitment to continue to fund country racing in this state. This commitment was to recognise the community benefit that country racing brings to rural and regional Queensland. This not only gave participants in the bush reassurance about our commitment to those iconic events but also allows Racing Queensland to focus on the more commercial elements of racing, as it should. This $70.4 million commitment was welcomed with open arms by those involved in racing. We all know that most participants in the bush are not in it to make big dollars, but they genuinely appreciate the backing that the Palaszczuk government has given them. This extra funding also allowed Racing Queensland to inject extra prize money into the TAB circuit. I am sure the committee is aware how the government's investments on that front have been received as well. Wherever it is I travel, I try to visit a country club, either on a race day, which is my preference, or just to meet members of the committee, and to a person they all recognise that this investment has meant certainty for their industry and their passion. One of the great initiatives that has come from listening to the participants in country racing has been the Battle of the Bush series, the final of which was held on Tatts day, 22 June, at Eagle Farm. It was great to be there and see Hanover Square, trained in Barcaldine by Bevan Johnson, take it out. Mr LANGBROEK: Did you back it? It was long odds. Mr HINCHLIFFE: No. It was very long odds. I think there were lots of long odds that day. If anyone wants to follow the form for the Battle of the Bush final—and I think the member for Mermaid Beach might want to take this advice, although it would be the first time he would get racing advice from me— they should look at whatever comes through the Barcaldine qualifier, because over the last couple of years that has tended to be the pick of the form. This concept, importantly, was devised by members of the country racing panel and funded through the Palaszczuk government's country racing package. Again this year it was the talk of bush racing. I was fortunate enough to not only be at that final on 22 June but also attend the qualifier at Goondiwindi, and I saw the excitement of the heat winner there, Music Scene, and its connections knowing that they would be heading to Eagle Farm. That was really exciting for that group and the trainer. I can also advise the committee that this is something that participants in country racing throughout the state have been palpably excited about. As any member of the committee who has attended country racing would know, it is more than just racing. I was discussing this with the member for Warrego before the session tonight. It is a place to meet and it is a place to relax, to socialise and to forget about the world for a few hours. We know that there are plenty of people in the bush who are doing it tough, whether it is through rain, lack of rain or all the other things that can drain a person and their resilience. I urge anyone on the committee or, indeed, any member of the House who has not been to a real, true country race meeting to do so and get that experience. It is part of something that I am very pleased that our country racing package has been doing so much to support. It is great evidence of the way in which we as a government back the bush

Ms RICHARDS: I refer to page 5 of the SDS for the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs and the racing service area objective to support a viable, prosperous racing industry in Queensland. I ask the minister to outline any recent appointments to the Racing Queensland board.
Mr HINCHLIFFE: Thank you, member for Redlands, for your question. On 5 July I announced the new thoroughbred industry representative for the Racing Queensland Board, the former Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk. As members would be aware, Mr Quirk was Lord Mayor of Brisbane for eight years and has served as a councillor at Brisbane City Council, or alderman for part of it, since 1985. Upon retiring earlier this year Mr Quirk was quoted as saying how he was looking forward to spending more time with his horses. Mr Quirk, whose appointment began immediately on 5 July, brings a strong set of skills and capabilities to the role. As a thoroughbred owner and breeder he lives and breathes racing. He is a regular visitor to races and is highly respected for his knowledge and understanding of the thoroughbred industry. I have to say to you, Chair, that initial feedback from right across the thoroughbred industry has indicated strong support for his appointment. It was great to have a chat with my friend and long time trainer Pat Duff who said that he thought he was a very good appointment. Brisbane Racing Club chair Neville Bell and Thoroughbred Alliance executive Cameron Partington are all endorsing very strongly the appointment of Mr Quirk. He has a great ambition to support and enhance the team at Racing 23 Jul 2019 Estimates—Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs (Proof) 109 Queensland and I am going to be confident that he will make a very strong contribution not only to the representation of the thoroughbred racing fraternity but also to deliver the stronger commercial focus that is needed to grow and prosper Queensland's racing industry. I look forward to working with him, as I have in different roles in the past, and the leadership team at Racing Queensland to create a more resilient industry for owners, trainers, breeders and other participants who are the core and lifeblood of the industry.
 I further want to note that Mr Quirk's appointment follows the announcement of a new Racing Queensland board with a broader range of new appointments that were made in April combining experience and continuity with some fresh talent. Five of the seven board members continued their roles, including chair Steve Wilson, who has shown strong leadership during his three years in the role. The board also includes fresh new talent, including corporate and commercial lawyer Jane Seawright who joins Racing Queensland as a non-industry board member. Her strong skills in law, governance, strategy and strategic relationship management will be great assets for Racing Queensland and I am already hearing very strong support and feedback from across industry and from within the organisation itself of her great contribution, including her strong links with North Queensland as a Townsville resident. The focus of the Racing Queensland board is to implement the Palaszczuk government's racing reform agenda to achieve a sustainable racing industry which enhances the industry's contribution to its participants and the broader community. I want to thank all the board members for the work that they have done so far and those former board members for their contribution to righting the ship of Racing Queensland after a turbulent period beforehand.
 CHAIR: Thank you, Minister. The time for government questions as part of our agreement has expired. Member for Surfers Paradise, do you have any questions?
 Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you, Chair. If I could ask the QRIC Commissioner to come to the table. I refer to page 40 of the SDS for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries where it refers to stewarding matters.
Welcome, Commissioner. What is QRIC doing to address the concerns of regional race clubs that their meetings are being compromised by having fewer stewards and some with less experience as this is affecting TAB turnover as well as issues of mix-ups with horses at race meetings such as in Rockhampton and Toowoomba?
 Mr Barnett: I thank the honourable member for the question. The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission employs over 36 permanent stewards who oversee race day activities across the three codes of racing. We also engage 41 casual stewards to support those permanent stewards.
 In the 2018-19 year, the commission provided stewarding services at 1,571 race meetings across the state across the three codes, overseeing approximately 12,000 individual races.
Any errors relating to judging practices were performed by staff who are not engaged by the commission but I am aware that there have been reports in the media about some stewarding and judging issues in 2018-19, including at Toowoomba, Kilcoy and Rockhampton. The commission is committed to upholding the highest possible standards of integrity for the Queensland racing industry and investigates all operational actions that result in negative community comment.
 Following these incidents, stewards have been reminded of their obligations to follow all procedures and policies at race meetings. It should be noted that while the commission stewards oversee in excess of 12,000 races per year, and whilst human error is regrettable, the error rate highlighted recently is not a regular occurrence.
With five errors out of the amount of races that have occurred in 2018, the rate of error is 0.04 per cent. To further address the member's question, I am not aware of any deficit in the number or quality of stewards at any country race meeting, but I would be happy to answer a question if I can assist.
 Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you. I might actually have the chair of the race club seek a meeting with the minister about that particular matter. I will do that through different means. My next question is also to the Commissioner and it refers to enforcement measures at page 40 of the SDS. At last year's hearing, the Commissioner explained the separation between QRIC and the Queensland Police Service when it comes to recommending charges and prosecuting cases. Have there been any changes to media announcements of prospective charges by the commission which in the past have compromised the presumption of innocence legal principle?
 Mr Barnett: I thank the honourable member for the question.
CHAIR: The question made an assertion that may be in dispute. That should have been phrased as a question rather than an assertion, but take that on board. 110 Estimates—Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs (Proof) 23 Jul 2019
Mr Barnett: As you have rightly indicated, there is a clear separation of responsibility between the sworn police officers who comprise the Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad who are not members of staff of the commission. Whilst those members are co-located physically with the commission they at all times retain their operational independence and report back through their chain of command to the Queensland Police Service through the State Crime Command.
 Accordingly, any decisions that are made by the Queensland Police Racing Crime Squad to prosecute or not prosecute any person for any offence are matters for them to make independently and they do so. Where necessary I make media announcements about issues impacting on the industry and industry participants so that the industry is kept informed about the work that is being done by the commission and to maintain industry and community confidence in the work that is being done to preserve integrity in racing.
 Mr LANGBROEK: In that case, again referring to QRIC, is it the Labor government's intention with the review of the Racing Integrity Act to address the issue of naming and shaming licensees prior to their being charged or is it the view that the effect on some subsequently innocent licensees is collateral damage as QRIC does its job?
CHAIR: I may be getting tired but it seems there were some imputations there. Is there a way to rephrase that that does not suggest that the minister treats members of the public in that way but still gets to the issue?
Mr LANGBROEK: I will rephrase it but it was not a reflection on the minister, it is about the process that currently exists. Will the minister give the committee some advice about the upcoming review of the Racing Integrity Act with a view to how licensees who may be charged are sometimes referred to prior to being charged?
CHAIR: That is much better. Thank you.
Mr HINCHLIFFE: I am certainly aware of the concerns of some people in the industry around the QRIC process. I certainly reiterate that we have committed to a review of the act to ensure that that process and all of the steps of the process are open to review, as I say, some three years on from its introduction with the Racing Integrity Act 2016. All aspects of the way in which the act operates are on the table. The thing that I have ruled out and have made clear to the industry is that we will not see what you have thrown out on the table as being an opportunity to get rid of QRIC.
Mr LANGBROEK: Not me, Minister. You must be quoting someone else.
Mr HINCHLIFFE: We will be sticking with the model of the separation to make sure that we have the highest levels of integrity. However, the review process provides an opportunity for a range of industry stakeholders and for everyone in the broader community to have their say and their input into how the processes and the management of racing integrity can be improved. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is running that review process as the relevant responsible department. It is doing so in a way that provides maximum engagement with stakeholders. I have convened and had the pleasure of having the commissioner and his team brief a meeting of key stakeholders who have expressed an interest in these issues and areas from across the three codes.
 They were very appreciative of the information and the discussions that were had at that stage. They will contribute with submissions to the review process, which the government will consider and take into account in terms of any further reform.
 Mr LANGBROEK: My next question is a more specific question to do with QRIC. Minister, could you provide the committee with details of the number of matters currently before QCAT, the numbers heard at QCAT in the 2018-19 financial year, how many were successfully prosecuted and the average length of time for matters to be resolved? I am happy for that to be taken on notice, Minister.
 Mr HINCHLIFFE: Can you run through that again? Mr LANGBROEK: The number of matters currently before QCAT, the numbers heard at QCAT in the 2018-19 financial year, how many were successfully prosecuted and the average length of time for matters to be resolved. CHAIR: There are a number of questions but they are all on the same broad theme. We can puzzle through this.
 Mr HINCHLIFFE: I can advise that in 2018-19 there were 40 applications made to QCAT for an external review of a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission internal review decision. In 2018-19, 27 QCAT matters were finalised. Of the matters finalised, QCAT has found in favour of the applicant in six matters. QCAT amended the decision in two matters, resulting in both receiving a reduced penalty,and set aside the decision in four matters. QCAT has found in favour of the commission in six matters, resulting in four applications being dismissed and two internal review decisions being confirmed. The balance of finalised matters was settled with the applicant and the review application withdrawn. Ninety-six per cent of the 1,525 original decisions made in 2018-19 stand as originally made.
 Mr LANGBROEK: The last element of the question was about the time from when charged to the completion of the case, if possible. You may not have that.
 Mr HINCHLIFFE: I might ask the commissioner to answer the question on time. Mr Barnett: On average, the minimum time it takes for a matter to be heard at QCAT following an original decision made by the stewards is approximately 11 months.
CHAIR: Member for Surfers Paradise, that seemed to deal with all the questions you put? Mr LANGBROEK: Yes, that is fine. Thanks, Chair.
CHAIR: Did you have something to add, Minister?
 Mr HINCHLIFFE: I do not want to interrupt the shadow minister while he is still focused on racing, but I can get some information back on the question around the underspend in relation to multicultural affairs, whenever you are ready. CHAIR: We might do that at the end, because we will have some time left.
 Mr LANGBROEK: Again on QRIC, Minister, I note that at page 42 of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries SDS, under the heading 'Sampling and Analytical Services' there are a number of survey questions. Would you consider a survey question that asks industry members whether they are somewhat or very confident in the performance of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission?
 Mr HINCHLIFFE: What I would be focused on is making sure that we see the system working, that we build confidence and encourage the building of confidence amongst industry in QRIC and our racing integrity and welfare systems. Safeguarding the welfare of racing animals and ensuring the integrity of racing activities critically contributes to public confidence, which in turn supports the industry's social licence. Anything that continues to work—any advocacy, any blowing of the trumpet— to undermine that confidence will further damage the industry as a total. Each year the commission has partnered with a specialist social research company to conduct that survey of Queensland community members on their attitudes towards racing. Monitoring community confidence in the integrity of the racing industry provides a real snapshot of public sentiment and reported confidence levels. The most important thing that we need to be focused on is maintaining and supporting the social license of what is a very important industry to the whole of Queensland, not focusing on the small number of complaints when there is a way in which we can address that by fixing the system, not undermining the system.
CHAIR: It does sound exciting. With reference to page 5 of the Service Delivery Statements and the intent to support country racing, could the minister outline the infrastructure support being delivered to country clubs?
 Mr HINCHLIFFE: Part of the $70.4 million country racing package, that I referred to earlier in the hearing, means that there is dedicated infrastructure funding for those country clubs to access to update, maintain and improve their facilities. It is important to recognise that even if clubs are only racing once a year, which many of these clubs in Queensland are doing, that there are solid safety standards in place to protect both the human and equine participants. These funds are accessed via an application process which is then scored across a number of fields and recommendations are made to the country racing panel for their input. On Saturday, 1 June I was in Goondiwindi where I was able to announce funding for three of the clubs in that area. Talwood and Texas both received $20,000 for barrier refurbishments and the Goondiwindi Race Club received $115,000 for tie up stall refurbishments and running rail repairs.
This is just a small example of the 55 clubs and the 88 projects that will be delivered right across the length and breadth of the state. Some other examples of the projects being delivered include significant track remediation at Innisfail, Mount Isa and the Towers Jockey Club, new running rails at Chinchilla, Gladstone and Barcoo and the replacement of tie up stalls at Kumbia, Injune and Dawson jockey clubs.
 As we discussed earlier, country racing is more than just racing. It is the place to come together. I reiterate that this program is part of the way the Palaszczuk government demonstrates that we understand that these clubs would never be in a position to do some of these works themselves. However, what we are doing helps them to continue to operate safely for all participants. That is why these works are needed. I can also advise the committee that a further round of this program will open later this year to provide clubs with another opportunity to make applications to Racing Queensland for infrastructure funding.
 I urge anyone on the committee, and indeed any member of the House, to get the word out to country clubs—the ones that members are involved in either through their electorates or when they get out and about and enjoy great racing in Queensland. This payback to these clubs pays tribute to each and every one of the volunteers involved in country racing right across the state. They are the lifeblood of country racing and the ones who keep grassroots country racing alive. Country racing is fundamental to our industry here in Queensland, even at the highest commercial levels. People appreciate how important country racing is as the basis of the sport. 23 Jul 2019 Estimates—Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs (Proof) 113 Ms BOYD: I refer to page 5 of the SDS for the Department of the Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs and the service area objective of supporting a viable and prosperous racing industry. Could the minister please outline how the increased prize money announced in late 2018 assists in meeting this objective? Mr HINCHLIFFE: Queensland does have, as I have just alluded to, a very long and proud history of racing. It has a bright future as well because of the commitments that we have made as a government. On 26 October last year, along with my colleague the Deputy Premier and Treasurer, I was very pleased to announce the injection of an initial $18 million per year in prize money, with a further $8 million subject to a broad agreement on industry reforms to thoroughbred racing. Racing Queensland contributed extra prize money to ensure that harness and greyhounds receive prize money increases as well, proportionate to their split of the wagering revenue that they generate.
While I am specifically forbidden by the Racing Act from instructing on how prize money is distributed across the state, I was very pleased to see that it was the industry itself that decided how the money would be allocated and made those recommendations to Racing Queensland. They did it in a way that was the best way to ensure the long-term viability of grassroots racing. The feedback I heard was that trainers were looking at running horses interstate because even if a horse came 10th they were still entitled to some payment interstate. I can advise the committee that as part of the initial $18 million some $12.3 million was allocated to provincial and country TAB racing. Provincial SEQ meetings on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich received an increase of $6.9 million while provisional meetings in Townsville, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Mackay and Cairns received the remaining $5.4 million.
 The best part of the package is that it is precisely what participants themselves indicated they needed to address viability and slow the flow of those participants over the border. Further, some nine months after this announcement the feedback from participants is that it has achieved the desired outcome. Owners and trainers are now more willing to keep their horses in Queensland.
There is renewed optimism across the state through all three codes. The Palaszczuk Labor government is committed to a viable and sustainable racing industry in this state. There is a long-term millstone around the neck of racing. That is the shocking deal that the LNP signed up to while they were in power—a 30-year deal locking in massive inequities in the ability of racing to generate its own revenues. We all have to live with this until 2044.
We will keep battling on. We will keep making the contributions and making the commitments that we can to ensure that racing continues to be a vital and important industry in the state. CHAIR: The committee will now conclude its questioning of the portfolio. The time allocated for consideration of the proposed expenditure for the areas of responsibility administered by the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs has expired.


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« 2019-Jul-27, 05:55 PM Reply #1856 »
Just logged in to watch the replaysfrom EF today replays available only results and Trakus and the last race result isn't up an hour after it was run ..what a shambles ....I'll give them the Wooden Spoon Award for this unrivalled incompetence second week in a row there's been a stuff up last week the last three races weren't up hours after they had been run. :chair: :chair: :chair: :chair: :chair: :chair:

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« 2019-Jul-31, 08:56 PM Reply #1857 »
Wednesday 31 July, 2019   
Racing Queensland has amended its awards criteria which gives it the right to exclude anyone deemed to be unsuitable from winning a season award such as premierships.

The new rules, which are effective immediately, follow similar rules being introduced in Victoria after the disqualification of leading trainer Darren Weir.

The problem was highlighted in Queensland when trainer Ben Currie was disqualified in May.

At the time he was leading the state trainers' premiership but he has since been overtaken by Tony Gollan.

In a media release on Wednesday, RQ said with the new racing season commencing on Thursday it was time to protect the sanctity of awards.

The release said there would be a number of eligibility conditions. They include:

* A licensed or registered person is ineligible to win any RQ premiership, medal or award during a racing year if the person engages in conduct that results in a disqualification or warning off from racing for any period of time;

* That person serves any period of a disqualification or warning off, regardless of when the offending conduct occurred;

* That person engages in conduct that results in a suspension of their licence or registration (or any privilege attached to their licence or registration) for a period of two months or more.

RQ also retains full discretion to revoke any premiership, medal or award which has been won for any particular racing year.

The governing body can take this action if the winning person is subsequently deemed to be ineligible due to a disqualification or conducted themselves in a manner which has undermined the integrity, reputation or public image of racing.

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« 2019-Aug-02, 08:08 PM Reply #1858 »
High price to pay for a trip to nowhere

AND amid all the other scandal, it was revealed that Racing Queensland spent $51,000 not to move address. Let me repeat that, NOT to move address. They signed an intention to lease deal and had to pay up after Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe (right) scotched their plans to decamp their Deagon digs. Who cares? It’s only money.

Steve Wardill in the CM today

This should get them another Wooden Spoon Award :shy:

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« 2019-Aug-02, 08:21 PM Reply #1859 »
. Who cares? It’s only money.

. . . and somebody else's

Probably a mere bagatelle, compared with the costs associated with that 'slightly fabulous' "30 year deal"

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« 2019-Aug-20, 09:20 PM Reply #1860 »
From Hansard today extracts on racing matters raised by LNP John-Paul Langbroek.

I want to deal with my current portfolio. At estimates we learnt that when it comes to Racing—a
fairly minor portfolio in the real structure of things, but even in a portfolio like this—Labor has failed to
leave the starting gate when it comes to many of its own key performance indicators. The latest Racing
Queensland annual report, published 10 months ago—not three years ago or five years ago but 10
months ago—promised to deliver night racing on the Gold Coast as well as replacement greyhound
and harness racing tracks by 2020. I asked about this at estimates because I have read the report. It
said that there was an ironclad commitment to deliver these infrastructure projects by 2020, yet 2020

is less than five months away and Labor does not even have a business case for night racing on the
Gold Coast.

To add insult to injury, there was a $30.2 million underspend in infrastructure in Racing in
2018-19. Labor could not even fess up to letting our racing stakeholders down, who are waiting with
bated breath for these much needed investments. The question is: where is the problem between
Racing Queensland and its annual report that the minister had to sign off on and the minister's office?
How can it be that in September 2018 we have a report that says that within 15 months there will be
night racing, two greyhound tracks and a metropolitan harness track and yet none of those things are
going to happen?

The minister, the member for Sandgate, said that the government wanted to get this right, which
makes no sense because it does not even have a business case yet, and the second reason was that
the annual report published 10 months ago ‘was written so long ago that it doesn't really count' despite
Racing Queensland telling the Gold Coast Bulletin seven months ago that it hoped that work would
start this year. Yes, in February or January Racing Queensland told the Gold Coast Bulletin that night
racing would be delivered by 2020. An infrastructure update that came out this year shows that projects
that were a priority have now been shoved down the list. Meanwhile, a new project at Deagon in the
minister's own electorate has now become a priority.

I was also concerned to hear about the racing tax—the point-of-consumption tax—unable to be
brought in by this government without a concern for the future of racing funding because the
government is now embroiled in a court case with Tabcorp about the point-of-consumption tax and the
effects on the product fee that Tabcorp currently provides for prize money. It will be interesting to see
the KPIs included in the next annual report when it is published. Will it shift the goalposts again? It is
clear that Labor does not take racing seriously. It shows that Labor is more interested in spinning the
story and dodging the blame than delivering the infrastructure it promised for racing participants.

The budget papers show that this new tax is going to bring in over $400 million over the next four
years—$101 million, $103 million, $105 million and $108 million from memory—and a very small
proportion has gone back to the industry but only after unprecedented strikes on Cox Plate day last
year, and I remember that it was the Treasurer who said that she did not appreciate a gun being held
to her head by the industry. When it was obvious that the industry was prepared to strike again on
Melbourne Cup day, a small amount of money was put back into racing but a great proportion is going
straight back into Treasury.

Aquis, Queensland's largest owner and breeder, left the state because of ongoing issues with
integrity. It sponsors the Gold Coast Turf Club. We have a problem in that trainers are choosing to race
in New South Wales because Queensland is not competitive when it comes to prize money and integrity
standards. I look forward to the integrity review because of concerns that it takes QCAT 11 months to
deal with racing matters. There will be more to come on these issues.


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« 2019-Aug-21, 09:12 PM Reply #1861 »
From this morning's session of State Parliament ...a DD.....a Dorothy Dixer for The hon. Hinchey.

Racing Industry, Events
Mr MELLISH: My question is of the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and
Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Will the minister update the House on the outcomes of the Winter
Racing Carnival, and is the minister aware of any alternative approaches to racing in Queensland?

Mr HINCHLIFFE: I thank the member for Aspley for the question and I note his great interest in
the racing industry across three codes. I can advise the member and the House that across all three
codes the Winter Racing Carnival was a spectacular success. There were many highlights which I am
very pleased to report to the House.

Turnover at the carnival was up three per cent in 2019 to more than $274 million despite, as
some members of the House will be aware, some heavy tracks and inclement weather on the Gold
Coast and Sunshine Coast. As a result of the Channel 7 broadcast of the four big days of the Brisbane
portion of the carnival there was a metropolitan audience of about 2.6 million. This, of course, was in
addition to the international audience, with broadcasts to more than 60 countries. I can also advise the
House that, as a result of the boost in prize money provided to Racing Queensland by the Palaszczuk
Labor government, an extra 11 per cent in prize money was on offer—a record $16.3 million.

A particular highlight of the extra prize money was the running of the Sky Racing Brisbane Cup.
Worth $375,000, it is now the third richest greyhound race in the country. This is a great example of
this government supporting the code of greyhound racing. It would be remiss of me not to make mention
of the return of Eagle Farm to the winter carnival schedule. The quality of the track was the talk of the
southern jockeys, with many rating it the best racing surface in the country. My personal highlight of the
carnival was the running of the TAB Battle of the Bush, which in its second year was won by Hanover
Square, trained by Bevan Johnson from Miles. This is yet another great initiative making Queensland
unique in its racing offering.

I have been asked if there are any other approaches to racing in Queensland, and the simple
answer is that no-one knows. While the Palaszczuk government has given racing a rails run, the
opposition seems to be three wide and tiring fast. The Palaszczuk government is committed to all parts
of our industry, particularly racing in the bush and the furthering of TAB clubs and extra money for TAB
events right across the state. In this regard I want to acknowledge the previous minister for her
$70 million Country Racing Package initiative, which has made a magnificent difference to racing
throughout the state. We are focused on what we are doing for country racing. I cannot say the same
for those opposite. It is very unclear what their position is.
All that's left is to clean up the appeals process shouldn't be too difficult .

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« 2019-Aug-28, 08:18 PM Reply #1862 »
Racing Queensland has unveiled an updated Strategic Plan in its bid to become ‘the number one sporting industry in the Sunshine State’.
Ahead of today’s Board meeting in Townsville, RQ has published a new-look Strategic Plan – along with an updated Infrastructure Plan – to guide the organisation into a new decade and beyond.
This includes its new stated purpose ‘to champion great racing and events which connect Queensland communities’, along with five goals to become the number one sporting industry.
They a
- Five iconic race events;
- Four new world-class racing facilities;
- Three hundred million in revenue;
- Two hundred and fifty million in payments to participants; and
- One million attendees and participants per annum.
Boasting more than 40,000 participants, the size and scope of the Queensland racing industry is enormous.
The industry contributes more than $1.2 billion in economic contribution to the state’s economy each year with over 40% directly benefiting regional economies.
RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said the organisation’s updated plans were centred on increasing returns to participants and enhancing amenities across the state.
“These are big goals which make for an exciting period for the Queensland racing industry,” Mr Parnell said.
“With the strong support of the Queensland Government, RQ delivered record-breaking returns to participants in 2018/19 and we remain committed to growing the industry through tangible goals and objectives.
“This includes expanding our iconic race events from two to five, while growing our weekly major events which take place across Sunshine State communities.
“Whether it’s the Birdsville Cup, Cairns Amateurs, Magic Millions or pacing from the Ekka, racing is all about great events which connect the community.
“With more than 1000 race meetings per annum, the industry is central to many communities across Queensland and plays a key role in uniting them through their activities on and off the track.”
As part of RQ’s updated Infrastructure Plan, the organisation has outlined a number of key priority projects valued at $2 million or more that are proposed to be funded out of the Racing Infrastructure Fund.
To help advance those projects, RQ has already drawn down on feasibility funding for a new greyhound venue along with the Gold Coast Turf Club Tracks and Lights development, which is central to the night racing strategy.
A replacement synthetic track at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club, a new metropolitan harness facility and lights at Doomben are among the other listed priority projects which will require funding approval.
In recent times, the RIF has been accessed to upgrade the course proper at Eagle Farm, the re-development of the Ipswich Turf Club and to commence the Country and Regional Capital Works Program.
RQ has also invested significant infrastructure funds in track rebuilds this decade in Rockhampton, Mackay, Toowoomba and Townsville.
“In order to deliver great racing and events we need great tracks and facilities,” Mr Parnell said.
“These will help future-proof our industry beyond tomorrow.
“Just as importantly, they align to our new-look strategy and will play a pivotal role in our bid to become the number one sporting industry in the Sunshine State.”
Click here to see Racing Queensland’s updated Strategic Plan and Infrastructure Plan.

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« 2019-Aug-28, 08:50 PM Reply #1863 »
As you get older  (and  maybe more cynical ) you realize that quite a few someones must get paid a bucket load of money to initiate another "grand plan ". What a total load of hogwash. How many times have we all read similar drivel over the last twenty years. What makes it even more pathetic is that the Minister for Racing in Queensland is the one and the same person who presided over the opening of new rail lines but ignored the fact that we needed more train drivers to drive the said locomotives. Even his own Party realized he was a complete dill and got rid of him. So they gave him the Racing Portfolio. And now the "grand plan " has Racing headed past Rugby League (and I guess State of Origin ) as the ultimate sporting endeavor in Queensland. Got to go ; just saw a pig flying over the moon!!!

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« 2019-Aug-28, 09:15 PM Reply #1864 »
RQ has also invested significant infrastructure funds in track rebuilds this decade in Rockhampton, Mackay, Toowoomba and Townsville.

Mackay was 2011 . . so I guess that fits 'this decade' . . and still no roof on 'Porky's Grandstand'

With the others 'significant infrastructure funds' does not necessarily equate with 'success'

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« 2019-Sep-09, 07:36 PM Reply #1865 »
New $1.5m raceday a Magic event
SUMMER racing on the Gold Coast just got bigger with the announcement of a new $1.5 million raceday event in the lead-up to Magic Millions.
Racing Queensland has announced a second carnival event, Aquis Raceday, will be staged on January 4 at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
It will present a new feature race The Wave, with a prize pool of $250,000, and the winner will receive a wildcard entry into the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy.
Held on the Saturday before Magic Millions, Aquis Raceday is expected to boost tourism to the region and increase global interest as hundreds of thousands of people tune in to the trackside action.
“It will be a second major carnival day, in addition to Magic Millions Day, and it will include new Magic Millions races and a major new feature race for the Gold Coast,” Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell said.
“From a tourism perspective, it’s another great chance for the Gold Coast to present itself to the world,” Mr Parnell said. With more than $10 million in prizemoney and bonuses, Magic Millions Raceday remains the richest in Queensland.

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« 2019-Sep-09, 11:09 PM Reply #1866 »

The idea that GC tourists are stupid should not linger long at RQL

.......... there may always be rabbit traps and lost rabbits wandering on gold coasts................. but nothing RQL does, on the broadest of racing fronts, suggests the racing industry in Old should be saved ....... it is irrelevant

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« 2019-Sep-10, 11:44 AM Reply #1867 »
Have you moved on from bagging Racing Victoria and the Everest and the Kosciuszko?

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« 2019-Sep-13, 07:42 PM Reply #1869 »
Working for RQ then under new management.

Michael Campbell was an employee of Racing Qld who we would never have heard of if he hadn't taken an application under Anti Discrimination Law to the Industrial Commission claiming psychological impairment in that he was treated  less favourably than he ought to have been. He was self represented and while his application was dismissed  it seems to me a reading of the reasons indicates he presented hisself rather well....some 2 years after the event.
Mr Campbell was obviously under pressure with the knowledge he was facing redundancy when RQ decided it intended to outsource the function he was performing so he attempted to negotiate a redundancy which RQ rejected .....eventually he agreed to resign and received a settlement  less than what he may have achieved with a redundancy..... what follows are extracts from the decision of Industrial Commissioner Black

Campbell, Michael v Henwood and Racing Queensland Board (No 2) [2019] QIRC 125

"The applicant (Michael Campbell ) commenced employment with Racing Queensland in the position of Internal Auditor on 11 March 2014. He was subsequently appointed to the position of Head of Audit, Risk and Compliance on the 1st of January 2016, a position created after the role of Chief Financial Officer was abolished in December 2015. He held the role of Head of Audit, Risk and Compliance until his employment with Racing Queensland ended on 9 March 2017.

 [2] In the applicant's capacity of Head of Audit, Risk and Compliance, he reported directly to the Chief Executive Officer. This changed after Mr Forbes was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer on 22 August 2016 and some restructuring of the organisation chart was undertaken. The effect of the restructure was that from 12 December 2016, the applicant reported to the first respondent, (Ms Henwood )who had been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer.

 [3] The applicant took two weeks annual leave in January 2017 before returning to work on 17 January 2017. On 23 January 2017 the applicant informed the first respondent that, on doctor's advice, he was taking four weeks sick leave. He subsequently returned to work on 28 February 2017.

 [4] On Wednesday 1 March 2017, the applicant proposed that his employment be ended on the basis that his role be made redundant. However, the respondents declined to make the role redundant.

[5] On Sunday 5 March 2017, the applicant requested a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Forbes. The meeting took place the following day. After consideration, the respondents decided to make an offer to the applicant and prepared a deed of release incorporating the offer.

 [6] The deed was presented to the applicant on 7 March 2017 and was executed on 8 March 2017. The applicant's employment with the second respondent ended on 9 March 2017.

Applicant's case
[13] The applicant maintained that he was suffering from an impairment, that the respondents knew that he was suffering an impairment, and that, because he was impaired, the respondents singled him out for less favourable treatment as described below:

 • The first respondent, upon becoming aware of his impairment, decided to embark on a course of conduct to effect his resignation by commencing, and then repeatedly suggesting, encouraging and pressuring him to resign;

• When a deed of release was presented to him, it was presented on a non-negotiable basis and he was not given any input into the settlement of the terms of the deed;

• The respondents knew that, because of his impairment, he lacked the capacity to understand the terms included in the deed and knew his diminished capacity was likely to result in him accepting the deed;

 • The deed was not accompanied by a covering letter explaining the terms of the deed or the basis upon which the deed had been drawn up;
• The respondents, knowing that he suffered an impairment, chose to offer materially worse terms than those expected to be offered to a senior employee. The terms provided could be described as meagre and insulting and did not meet expected standards within the general business community;

• The respondents knowing that he suffered an impairment, expressed the "settlement" provisions of the deed in confusing and misleading terms in that payments which were not part of the settlement but rather contractual or statutory entitlements, were included in the settlement clause;

• The respondents denied him any reasonable opportunity to seek and obtain legal advice in relation to the contents of the deed.

The uncertainty about the applicant's ongoing employment first emerged in a discussion between himself and Mr Forbes which took place before the first respondent had commenced employment with Racing Queensland.

 In this discussion (T2-85), Mr Forbes told the applicant that he intended to outsource the internal audit component of the applicant's role.

 [21] On the first respondent's evidence, the outsourcing issue was raised during a discussion that she had with the applicant before he went on sick leave.
 It was in the context of this discussion that an option that the applicant might resign was canvassed. However, the first respondent denied that she was pressuring the applicant to resign.

It was the first respondent's evidence that the option of a resignation first arose when a discussion with the applicant turned to a direction from the Audit and Risk Committee that the applicant was to "look at outsourcing the internal audit functions" (T2-31):

“ It is alleged that at various times in conversations with the complainant, you made reference to him, or a possibility, or option of him, resigning. What do you have to say to that?---Yes. That came up in a conversation when there was another task that the complainant had been asked to do by the Audit and Risk Committee, which was to look at outsourcing the internal audit functions of Racing Queensland, and the club compliance and the risk. And I was – I expressed my surprise that the complainant was in charge of that because, potentially, he was outsourcing his own job. And it was at that point we discussed various options in a very, you know, casual sort of a conversation, one afternoon, about what that might be. And how that, in fact, may not be outsourcing his role. The role may change, but somebody – but would still be needed to manage that external contractor. And I expressed the view that I thought it was extremely unlikely that the whole of the role would be outsourced. But, in that context, we also discussed that. And it was then that the complainant first raised the fact that, you know, he may not have been entirely happy with his role.”
This is the Commissioner's words
“I accept that, under a true redundancy arrangement, the applicant may have received both the payment in lieu of notice and six weeks redundancy pay, in which case his entitlement 27 would have been eleven weeks pay with immediate termination. However, this was not a true redundancy and the offer of seven weeks pay appeals as a reasonable compromise.”

“Conclusion [170] The applicant has not persuaded me that he was impaired at the relevant times, nor that he had been subject to less favourable treatment. He has therefore failed to satisfy the statutory tests and his application cannot succeed. “

[171] The application is dismissed.”

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« 2019-Sep-21, 10:33 AM Reply #1870 »
Ipswich Turf Club
Ms HOWARD: My question is of the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and
Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Will the minister update the House on the Ipswich Turf Club?

Mr SPEAKER: Minister, you have one minute to respond.

Mr HINCHLIFFE: I thank the member for Ipswich for the question as I know she recognises the
importance of the Ipswich Turf Club to her region both as a sporting venue and as a community hub.

Last Friday morning I had the opportunity to look through the Ipswich Turf Club redevelopment
alongside the member for Ipswich and her nearby colleague the member for Bundamba and I have to
say I was seriously impressed.

That is all thanks to the Palaszczuk government's support and an
allocation from the Racing Infrastructure Fund of some $24.8 million to support the club. It has already
had a transformative effect on the sport and it will have one on Ipswich itself.

The club's redevelopment has seen a modern, state-of-the-art facility already in place providing state-of-the-art jockey facilities
and new steward facilities. I look forward to seeing the full implementation of the redevelopment of
Ipswich that will deliver not only for the turf club and thoroughbred racing but also for the whole of the
Ipswich community.
(Time expired)

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« 2019-Sep-30, 08:29 AM Reply #1871 »
The Sunday Mail the top selling Newscorp weekend paper in QLD gives very little publicity to the results of Harness and Greyhounds simply posting the numbers and dividends  of the placegetters ..the names  are only included in the doubles trebles and quadrella results ..yet non TAB  country race results get the full treatment horses jockeys even breeding now that's a very good service but of little interest to followers of harness and greyhounds ...on Saturday greyhounds raced at Ipswich while the trots were on at Albion Park with the bare bones of the results published in the Sunday Mail but the non TABs at Charleville Richmond Taroom and Twin Hills were all covered in detail putting into perspective the dogs and trots got about 11  column inches while the country meetings received around 30 column inches ...hardly a fair go for the dogs and trots ..RQ ...we run as one should be making noise about it .

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« 2019-Oct-02, 08:18 PM Reply #1872 »
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« 2019-Oct-06, 02:23 PM Reply #1873 »
The Sunday Mail Racing secton today repeats its effort last week ....and possibly beyond that limited time..... from by publishing extensive details of country race meetings results including the also rans and in some results breeding of the placegetters all very interestiing ...... meetings art Eidsvold ...Gordonvale ...Mount Isa ..Jundah & Tara all get the full treatment ..while Albion Park Harness racing and Greyhounds from Ipswich get bare bones of the results..... numbers and TAB dividends except for the trebles etc which do include the names...the country meetings results while no doubt of some interest to keen race followers are non TAB ..... why is the Sunday Mail giving prominence to non Tab meetings in the bush ....and not to those whih do contribute to  TAB and the industry it supoorts ...why isn't RQ making its voice heard on this issue? :thumbsd:

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« 2019-Oct-07, 07:14 AM Reply #1874 »
..... why is the Sunday Mail giving prominence to non Tab meetings in the bush .

I don't know the mechanics . .

But could it be that the bush clubs provide the data to SM; and the dogs and trots do not

Betting figures for bush meetings would have to come from club