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Offline whispering

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« 2015-Jul-06, 06:41 PM Reply #50 »
But not the failures of the last government.

Offline Ascot

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« 2015-Jul-06, 06:48 PM Reply #51 »
For what purpose.  They are long gooooone.  If you look back all you get is a sore neck.  Get a life son.  Try to post without bitterness and you might, just might, get some cred.

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« 2015-Jul-06, 07:35 PM Reply #52 »
My recollection is Ms D'Arth is reported to have said her legal advice was that the guvment could not licence Tatts virtual racing as TABCORP has the licence for its Keno version ...whether they are the same or similar would have been worth testing in the court after all legal opinions are only that...it's the courts that decide the issue...
and the $7.5M compensation paid to Tatts might not have been due. :shrug:

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« 2015-Jul-06, 08:58 PM Reply #53 »
Ms Darth was my local member for 6 years.  Not worth a pinch of salt.  Needs a battery to help her think.  Good politician though.

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« 2015-Jul-07, 10:22 AM Reply #54 »
Ms Darth was my local member for 6 years.  Not worth a pinch of salt.  Needs a battery to help her think.  Good politician though.

Life wasn't meant to be easy  .....you also suffered Tracey Davis LNP...how unlucky was that. :shy:

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« 2015-Jul-07, 01:11 PM Reply #55 »
Actually Tracey is terrific MP.  Fully accessible to all constituents.  Keeps the electorate in good shape.  She and John are actually good mates of mine, so sorry Arsie, you picked the wrong one to have a go at.  The thing with the daughter was simply a teenage kid off the rails.  All is good now. 

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« 2015-Jul-09, 07:21 PM Reply #56 »
BRC message to members this afternoon:

It is with much pleasure that I can report that Eagle Farm will be racing again early next year after an announcement today by the State Government.

Racing Minister Bill Byrne visited Eagle Farm to announce the Government's final approval for a loan to construct two tunnels beneath the track.

As you know, these tunnels will be the final step in the Eagle Farm track redevelopment, paving the way for the return to racing and for construction to begin on the BRC's $1.2 billion Master Plan.

The Minister also confirmed that the BRC will manage the tunnel construction. This is recognition of the experience among the BRC's executive and its board. As project manager, the BRC can ensure the most efficient construction process.

The tunnel construction will begin in August. If the weather is kind, we hope to be racing at Eagle Farm by March 2016. This would give the track enough time to be in excellent shape for our Brisbane Racing Carnival.
I would like to thank the State Government and the interim Racing Queensland administrators for their assistance leading up to today's announcement. The BRC has appreciated their efforts to approve the $12 million loan for the tunnel construction. All discussions have been carried out in a spirit of cooperation.

Minister Byrne confirmed approval of the funds in an announcement this afternoon. "The Government has approved for a commercial Treasury loan of $12 million to be delivered to Brisbane Racing Club in order to install the tunnels and infield works at Eagle Farm. The construction of phase two of the development at Eagle Farm will create more than 300 jobs and this work is now expected to commence in the coming weeks."

"The Queensland Government has now delivered almost $22 million on the development of Eagle Farm and we are working closely with Racing Queensland and Brisbane Racing Club to ensure the project is delivered."

The Club remains grateful to Members for their patience and understanding during the redevelopment process. It is exciting that we can now move with full confidence towards a return to racing at this fine track.

Eagle Farm will celebrate its 150th anniversary of racing next month and today's announcement locks in a bright future for the track and for the BRC. The unveiling of the new track and the works on the $1.2 billion Master Plan, including the construction of a dynamic residential, retail and commercial precinct, will propel the BRC to a new level for racing clubs.

The Club will continue to keep Members updated with news on the track redevelopment.

Yours sincerely
Neville Bell
Chairman

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« 2015-Jul-09, 07:37 PM Reply #57 »
Wonderful news DD Watch wagering grow when racing returns to its spiritual home Hopefully it will attract a new generation of race goers We walked the dog to the track on Sunday afternoon lay on the grass in front of the public stand and quite literally watched the grass grow

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« 2015-Jul-10, 09:34 AM Reply #58 »
One who won't be watching the grass grow is Wade Birch.  Brad Davidson reports in the CM:

WADE Birch has become the latest Racing Queensland official to be sacked in the wake of the greyhound live-baiting scandal.

Birch, who was RQ’s general manager of stewards and integrity operations, was officially told by RQ this week that his contract had been terminated.

RQ chief executive Darren Condon had his contract rescinded by the Governor In Council last Wednesday and all four RQ boards were abolished recently.
RQ officials would not confirm the reasons for Birch’s sacking yesterday but Birch said the show cause notice he received when he was stood down for a second time by RQ last month was in regards to the live-baiting scandal.

He was initially stood down in February after the live baiting story was first aired on the ABC, but returned to work in April.

Birch did not return calls yesterday.


Oh well, he does have a law degree to fall back on.

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« 2015-Jul-10, 01:39 PM Reply #59 »
The senior ranks at RQ are looking awfully thin now It's a conundrum for the interim$20k a week  KPMG administrator - appoint two new senior staff to replace Condon and Birch effectively preempting a new board in 3-4 months time,or limp on significantly under resourced till Melbourne Cup time- a lot of experience has walked out the door and can't be replaced by temporary recruits  a Worse still the really big decisions on separating the Racing Integrity Unit and the balance of RQ, developing new racing and prize money schedules and corporate bookmaker license fees will all have to occur while the teams two down with no reserves on the bench.Sam Adams aside the RQ leadership talent budget is bare- Adam Carters been passed over a few times now and after that it drops off dramatically The political uncertainty in Queensland and the revolving door for senior racing execs and  RQ boards over the past five years will deter many from throwing their hat in the ring.Whats the old saying be careful of what you wish for,and the new state government owns the problem.

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« 2015-Jul-10, 03:50 PM Reply #60 »
Now that they have sacked all these fools look at the money they are saving.
They dont have to pay them all plus Mr KPMG.
Just pay one fella to do all the work.
Streamlining at its best.

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« 2015-Jul-10, 04:53 PM Reply #61 »
Bronx my dear boy assuming the paper talk was right and the two erstwhile senior RQ execs were on circa$350k packages that's at least 20% underweight relative to their NSW and Vic peers.Better still the starting price for a partner at a second tier Brisbane accounting or legal firms is$500k pa Our Mr Hall would be on closer to$1m pa plus bonuses at KPMG ,given his advertised charge out rate of $4800 per day.The real problem is not paying enough to attract the A graders .Carry on if you must.

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« 2015-Jul-10, 07:52 PM Reply #62 »
WADE BIRCH, the highly-paid ‘pin-up’ boy of sacked RQ All Codes Board Chairman, Kevin Dixon, has also been given the boot.
Brad Davidson, Queensland’s leading racing writer, reports in The Courier-Mail, that Birch blames his demise on the greyhound live baiting scandal.
But the industry rumor mill is in over-drive with suggestions that was not the sole reason Birch was given his marching orders.
To clear the air – unless we are going to hear more about it later on – Racing Minister Bill Byrne or the new powers-that-be at Racing Queensland should provide the reasons
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It is in the best interests of Birch as well as he faces the prospect of finding another stewarding job in Australia or overseas with a cloud hanging over his head. He did not return calls from The Courier-Mail yesterday after his dismissal was confirmed.
Birch, who was regarded so highly by former RQ boss Dixon that he was elevated from Chairman of Stewards to the dual roles of General Manager of Stewards and Integrity Operations, enjoyed what many believed was a ‘make your own rules job for an absurd amount of money’.
Even when recently dismissed RQ CEO Darren Condon was, in the opinion of many, being ‘thrown under the bus’ in the wake of the greyhound scandal the previous hierarchy allowed Birch to return to work apparently on his own terms.
That included spending only a couple of days each week at the Deagon Bunker because allegedly ‘he could not work with Condon’ and the rest of the time at his home base at the Sunshine Coast. After being stood down for several weeks he had no sooner returned to work when he took holidays in the midst of the busiest time of the year – the Winter Carnival.
Insiders claim Condon questioned the closeness of Birch to Dixon and warned him it wasn’t a good look to be seen locked in talks behind closed doors with the Chairman on too many occasions and had the rumor mill in overdrive. Condon came off second best in that dust-up but at the end of the day has now been joined on the sidelines by Birch which many say is a fair result in the circumstances.
For too long there has been too much innuendo behind the scenes concerning the policing of racing in Queensland. If even a small percentage of the rumors – and that’s all they are – happen to have some substance it is not a good look for an industry already struggling for recognition in the eyes of the punting public.
What needs to happen now is for Chief Steward Allan Reardon to make his ‘temporary retirement’ back at RQ a permanent one and for the appointment of a new Integrity Unit to be fast-tracked and some real stewarding action to be seen free of any perceived interference or level playing field allegations with ‘racing policeman’ a la the squad in Victoria lured to Queensland to ‘clean the joint up’.

From....... www.letsgohorseracing.com.au

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« 2015-Jul-11, 08:20 AM Reply #63 »
This concept of "absurdity" about the salaries of racing industry executives is surprising for this Forum.  It seems to have begun when the anti Deagon websites revealed the sums paid to Deagon execs as a means of expressing their own personal "whattha"s.  In fact, we already knew from the payouts of the previous regime that were exposed in the White Commission the sort of sums being paid and why.

Personalities aside, it is quite normal for racing club and control body executives to demand the $300K, $400K and (in the south) even more.  Such is the capitalistic system businesses operate under.  The market is non unionized at the exec level and the rates of pay are set by competition. Good performers can demand what they think they are worth, and they simply opt for the highest bidder for their services.   The tenure is defined by contract, and exit clauses to protect  the interests of both sides are included.  In the Public Service, for example, the CEO / Director General will be paid more than the Minister of a Department.  In private sector, the rate of pay increases with the size of the operation.
 

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« 2015-Jul-11, 09:05 AM Reply #64 »
Well said Ascot Its imperative that as an industry we get as far away as possible from "the vote them off the island" trashy tabloid and rubbishy websites view of the world when it comes to racing senior executives.Voyeurism with a decent serving of  malicious envy of those holding any sort of office for profit does not advance our cause- rather in Bertrand Russels words is the most potent cause of unhappiness- off with all their heads,till the next mob take office- constant revolution!!

Racing is an important  billion dollar business that demands serious and talented  executives and directors We want the very best people leading the sector forward- bugger the cost  and  put a leash  on the " green monster"Get the best available talent I say .For goodness sake let's not lower ourself to the class warfare jealousy being run by Mr Lingard et al that pulls us all down to the lowest common denominator- be inspirational not envious.

The real test for the minority Labor Government will be to avoid picking " labor mates" or perish the thought recycling any of the thoroughly objectionable Bentley crew, rather finding  appropriately experienced and qualified" clean skins" with thick hides and a genuine commitment to racing.I will give the benefit of the doubt to the new State administration  and not prejudge them and hope an injection of female nous and intuition at the top echelons of government might park the testosterone and need for retribution  to one side and do something genuinely edifying and in racing's long term interests in this state.Balls in their court.
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« 2015-Jul-11, 10:22 AM Reply #65 »

Racing is an important  billion dollar business that demands serious and talented  executives and directors We want the very best people leading the sector forward.

Couldn't agree more.

and not prejudge them and hope an injection of female nous and intuition at the top echelons of government might park the testosterone and need for retribution  to one side and do something genuinely edifying

Please not as a definite - only if qualified


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« 2015-Jul-11, 12:38 PM Reply #66 »
Vadim  I was referring to  the Premier and Deputy Premier Although two or three Women on new RQ board welcome There are many professional women, with tertiary qualifications  with senior board experience,even with racing backgrounds to choose from .Seven zip for the boys will be a telltale sign nothing's changed- same old same old.
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« 2015-Jul-11, 01:46 PM Reply #67 »
Hayley would be a good start.  Get rid of those bloody dishlickers that caused the fuss and leave the racing to the horses.  :love:

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« 2015-Jul-11, 01:56 PM Reply #68 »
bless her Cotton socks- one sassy rock thrower with overt political ambitions Pulled lots of people's pants down did our Holly Yes the dish lickers should be banished to the kennel for their considerable misdemeanours   I for one will be most irate if thoroughbred racing has to subsidise the Greys greatly increased integrity costs The polluter pays principle should apply No socialising their multi million dollar integrity impost on the other codes

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« 2015-Jul-11, 01:59 PM Reply #69 »
Hayley would be a good start.  Get rid of those bloody dishlickers that caused the fuss and leave the racing to the horses.  :love:

Glad your true colours are showing up :thumbsd:

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« 2015-Jul-11, 02:39 PM Reply #70 »
LOL.  I set that one just for you Gin, and in he comes, only took 3 minutes.  That's a record ya know.  Like fishing with a shotgun.


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« 2015-Jul-11, 02:58 PM Reply #71 »
   :lol:  

Very mischievous Ascot!     :lol:
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« 2015-Jul-11, 03:11 PM Reply #72 »
LOL.  I set that one just for you Gin, and in he comes, only took 3 minutes.  That's a record ya know.  Like fishing with a shotgun.



Set up, oh please  :rolleyes: You can jin around all you like but your true colours continue to pop to the surface regardless of how you try and play the impartial card.



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« 2015-Jul-11, 03:14 PM Reply #73 »
  :lol:  

Very mischievous Ascot!     :lol:

Thought you had me on block?  ;)

Regardless you're hardly credible having also showed your true colours on the GC thread  :whistle:


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« 2015-Jul-11, 03:15 PM Reply #74 »
Clearly you're still taking those nasty pills!    :yes:


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