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« 2018-Apr-20, 09:04 PM Reply #1650 »
What a stunning appointment ? His background is with Sky Channel and Tatts. They would have to be two of the most under achieving organizations one could possibly think of. They cant be serious in Queensland can they be ?

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« 2018-Jun-03, 01:48 PM Reply #1651 »
A bad bet for racing
THOROUGHBRED, greyhound and harness racing in Queensland is at a crossroads.

The unpalatable route will consign Queensland racing to an amateurish, boorish second-rate operation.

Cynics in the southern states are already laughing at the Eagle Farm debacle and our lack of prizemoney and infrastructure vision.

Under the scenario being played out now, if we thought Fine Cotton was the worst scandal to hit Queensland racing, wait until the Palaszczuk Government signals correct weight. Like many before him, Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe is a dud.

He has no idea, and is the second worst racing minister in Australia behind the lamentable Martin Pakula, the Victorian who presided over the greatest doping scandal in the sport’s history. But at least Victoria invests in prizemoney and new facilities.

The problem is simple. The Queensland Government is prepared to take the taxation it earns from gamblers betting on the horses, dogs and trots, but it won’t reinvest it to keep the industry viable.

It’s all take and no give.

Let’s take the greyhound industry as an example. This week 10 years ago to the day, the Bligh government closed the Gold Coast Greyhound Racing Club at Parklands to make way for a new hospital. Nothing wrong with that. Then her treasurer Andrew Fraser announced that Greyhounds Queensland would get $10 million in compensation to build another track. The Pentecostal church nearby would get $3.6 million and the Salvation Army about $2 million to relocate. Guess what?

The Pentecostals and the Salvos got their money but a decade later, the greyhounds have received a big, fat doughnut. Nothing. Zip.

Now we have an industry in southeast Queensland with two tracks, both antiquated, and neither do anything for the welfare of greyhounds.

Where is the money, Minister Hinchliffe? Where is the money for a new state-of-the-art thoroughbred racing facility on the Gold Coast so the tourist strip can host night meetings, and take the burden off Doomben and Eagle Farm? Where is a new harness facility so Albion Park can be redeveloped by the industry to give it a long-term fiscal return?

The Eagle Farm debacle has made Queensland a laughing stock. And now the Palaszczuk Government is about to make us even less competitive by introducing a consumption tax on corporate bookies at double the rate being introduced in NSW and Victoria.

The Point of Consumption (PoC) tax will be on every dollar of revenue, and will be levied in addition to product fees, GST and company tax. It will make Queensland one of the world’s highest taxing jurisdictions for punters.

The likely scenario is that the new tax will be levied against corporate bookies at 15 per cent, despite both NSW and Victoria agreeing on 8 per cent. Corporate bookies will simply shun Queensland racing and their enormous marketing and prizemoney support will be withdrawn.

Why would they support a government that doesn’t support them?

The worst thing about this new PoC tax is that nobody in government will guarantee that the proceeds – as much as $40 million – will go directly back into racing.

Once again, punters and the industry are being played for mugs. If the consumption tax is introduced at 15 per cent, surely all monies raised should go back into the beleaguered industry. This is where Minister Hinchliffe has no idea. He refuses to even talk about the consumption tax, saying it’s a Treasury issue.

Mr Hinchliffe should be banging on the table at Cabinet, advocating not only an 8 per cent tax, but also for all revenue to go back into racing.

Where’s the advocacy? Where’s the passion?

For example, Ladbrokes, since its inception in 2013, has continually supported and invested in Queensland, adding more than $30 million annually to the economy. It employs more than 300 people, contributes millions to Racing Queensland, and supports Queensland sport with sponsorship of the Broncos and the Bullets and before that, the Roar and the Titans. The Sunday Mail understands that if the Government does not follow the Victorian lead, Ladbrokes will need to reconsider its investment in Queensland.

At the very least, Ladbrokes will need to shift its sponsorship and marketing spend out of Queensland to jurisdictions where a competitive wagering product is offered.

This will redistribute revenue from the Queensland racing industry at a time when it’s at its lowest ebb, and is already struggling to compete with NSW and Victoria. It is astounding that the Queensland Government would even consider a further impediment to the sustainability of Racing Queensland.

South Australia, which has a 15 per cent consumption tax, is reviewing that figure after corporate bookies essentially abandoned the state.

This all comes on top of an extraordinary decision by Racing Queensland in 2014 to strike a product agreement with TattsBet, probably the worst deal in Australian racing history.

The Albion Park redevelopment is crucial so Racing Queensland can use the money it receives in annual rent to run its business and reduce its reliance on state funding.

The Government will point to a recent $15 million prizemoney announcement for country racing, which is a good thing. But it’s a drop in the ocean for an industry that employs thousands of people, generates billions of dollars in wagering revenue and, in many cases, is the lifeblood of the local township.

The Palaszczuk Government has a clear choice. It can continue the mediocrity or it can aim up and give the racing industry a much-needed funding boost to build new tracks and ensure its future sustainability.

Racing Queensland needs certainty – and it needs more money. Corporate bookmakers need a level playing field.

Why should we play second fiddle to NSW and Victoria on anything?ENDS

Whoever the editorial writer is he omitted to mention that Parklands was a dual facilty for harness and greyhounds while justifiably going into bat for the dishlickers he neglected to mention Harness racing got zilch when the GCHRC was kicked out so for that omission I'm going to give him The Wooden Spoon Award..there's a couple of other contradictory statements which I'll give him a pass on .

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« 2018-Jun-06, 12:58 AM Reply #1652 »
The future for racing in QLD just continues to decline in a way where I now question its ability to ever recover. And for christ’s sake can we as an industry just recognize once and for all that the post of racing minister in modern times is only ever in a figurehead capacity. Factional favours within both political parties (especially the ALP) just delivers our industry dud after dud. So much so they haven’t had enough power to order a pen from stationary without a permission slip. So let’s as an industry call out the real power brokers at the government coal face like Jackie Tradd etc. Our media representatives need to apply pressure to these individuals and industry representatives need to bypass the hapless Hinchliffe. And for once in a lifetime the industry as a whole must unite to argue the case. In my opinion it’s unite and fight or move South.

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« 2018-Jun-06, 08:55 AM Reply #1653 »

He's had a few jobs in a short time you would think he wouldn't be up for the job unless his package is a lot better than he was getting from Tatts......the last time I looked the UBET guy in QLD was on a high six figure earn and Parnell was a few steps ahead of him and he'll be on a lot more than Darren Condon......has a big task ahead if he is able to help put RQ out of the doldrums he'll earn whatever it is they offered.

Media guy. The politicians love putting media people in these roles. They can share their obsession with telling everyone how well something is going when it clearly is not.

And Arsenal points out, not a pillar of vocational stability is he?

I suppose we should give him a  fair go. If he masters the balancing act of not surrounding himself with "yes men" and at the same time being able to delegate to people who can make an informed decision he might make a good leader.  :bulb:

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« 2018-Jun-13, 09:37 AM Reply #1654 »
Fears point of consumption tax may prove untimely hurdle for wagering
THE State Government will forge ahead with plans to slug the wagering industry more than $350 million in a move that could see global giants move their products interstate.
The State Budget yesterday revealed Treasurer Jackie Trad would ignore pleas from the racing and wagering industry to implement a point of consumption tax at 8 per cent instead of a “ludicrous” 15 per cent. The budget also revealed the scope of the tax would be widened to include all wagering operators, not just those who offer online services.
Racing industry leaders Victoria have implemented a similar tax at 8 per cent with NSW to reveal their amount as early as today.
Ladbrokes Australia CEO Jason Scott said the tax would see the wagering giant pull sponsorship and promotions from Queensland products, throwing the Government’s ambitious projections into doubt with turnover expected to dive as a result.
“We have been supportive of Queensland and the Queensland racing industry for some time now,” he said.
“In Queensland we employ 360 staff, sponsor the Brisbane Broncos and sponsored the Brisbane Bullets last season. We will redirect our marketing spend and make Queensland racing less of a priority.”
The government, however, left open the door for funds from the tax to flow back into the industry with the budget revealing Racing Queensland could receive compensation.
Initially projected to pull in just $30 million a year, the point of consumption tax is expected to net $71 million in the upcoming financial year after its implementation on October 1. It is then projected to jump to between $96 million and $101 million over the following three years.
Tax a mixed bag for racing

PLEASING: Brendan Parnell.

THE Government yesterday left the window open for racing to secure its share of the Point of Consumption tax but any windfalls could be offset by wagering providers baulking at Queensland’s now formidable tax rate.

Modelling has the tax delivering the Government a tick over $70 million in 2018-19, increasing to $101 million by 2021-22. But how Queensland’s tax can justify being almost twice the rate of Victoria’s remains anyone’s guess.

After Victoria announced its 8 per cent POC price last month, key wagering service providers gave an undertaking to continue their support of the racing industry.

The extent of the fallout for Queensland racing could hinge on what rate NSW goes with, an announcement on which is expected any day, but bookmakers have warned their returns to industry will be drastically reduced by a rate of 15 per cent. The example of South Australia (which went in at 15 per cent last year) proves that to be the case.

The other burning issue for Queensland racing is what part of POC receipts – if any – government directs back to the industry.

Weekend speculation suggested there would be nothing in a POC for racing, but that stance had seemingly softened, based on statements made in the budget paper.

It said Government was consulting with racing “regarding appropriate measures, including support for the industry”. Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell said the decision to defer the introduction of the tax to October 1 provided an opportunity for RQ to engage the Government on how the taxation revenue would best support Queensland racing and the community.

“It’s pleasing to see the Government is listening carefully to the issues raised by all industry stakeholders on how POC tax receipts on racing could be applied to benefit the industry and to enhance racing’s economic and social contribution to the state,” he said.

“We believe that a tax on racing should be used to fund racing, as a tax on sport should be used to fund sport. RQ looks forward to continuing to work with our Racing Minister and the Treasurer on this critical issue.”

The campaign run by the racing industry – albeit at the very stroke of midnight – has clearly made some impression on Government.

Now, it has been given a lifeline to lobby further before the deadline.

It’s not overstating the point to suggest the success or failure of that campaign will go a long way to determining the fate of Queensland’s three racing codes.

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« 2018-Jul-02, 05:55 PM Reply #1655 »
Racing Queensland reviews race rules
3 hours ago by AAP
The Provincial Stayers Final was held at Ipswich on Cup dayImage: Michael McInally
Racing Queensland is considering changes the qualifying system for various sprint and staying race series finals.

The move follows recent examples when large numbers of horses in series finals have not run in a qualifying race.

A suggestion is it would be mandatory for horses to have competed in a qualifier to be eligible to compete in a series final.

The change isn't set in stone as the current conditions were developed to protect and maximise field sizes, to boost wagering revenue.

The Provincial Stayers Final race on Ipswich Cup Day had 16 horses of which only 10 contested a qualifier.

It meant the field size for a feature race with a $100,000 purse would have been only 10 had the conditions included the proposed additional restriction.

RQ is also changing race programming in the coming months in an effort to protect Doomben racetrack while Eagle Farm is closed.

The Doomben meeting on Saturday, August 25 has been swapped to the Sunshine Coast with that club's Sunday meeting on August 26 going to Beaudesert.

A further Doomben meeting on Wednesday August 29, has been swapped to Ipswich.

Mackay will pick up the Ipswich Friday meeting on August 31.

Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell said the industry had to be complimented with clubs helping to cover for Doomben which had taken a heavy workload in the past four years.

It is understood officials hope to have one meeting at Eagle Farm before Christmas and then give it the chance a recover before full schedules next year.

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« 2018-Jul-30, 05:26 PM Reply #1656 »
Estimates Committee on Racing held on 24th July........I'm .surprised there was no interest in questioning the appointment of the new Chief Steward Peter Chadwick seeing the adverse publicity about the "RULE' which it was claimed allowed him to have an ownership interest in the Australian  racehorse Royal Phoenix while employed in Singapore.......which he declared he was divesting hisself of once he was advised his application for the chief stewards' job was successful....when the fact is there is no such rule in existence.....But there was a question on the appointment of Deputy Commissioner Mark Ainsworth whose appointment was completely uncontroversial and a question on the appointment process of an Executive Assistant an AO5 position...makes you wonder how clued up are the opposition members. :o

Mr LANGBROEK: I will turn to racing now. I refer to the answer to a pre-estimates question on
notice which states that the expenditure of $3.7 million for the Brisbane Racing Club Eagle Farm track
remediation project estimated to be expended in 2017-18 was deferred to 2018-19. Can you explain to
the committee why that has happened given that only three months ago—in March—we asked question
on notice No. 59 and in your answer you mentioned that $3.7 million had been allocated for this project?
I know that I went around a bit.
Mr HINCHLIFFE: Can you clarify that?
Mr LANGBROEK: The answer to question on notice No. 59 of 6 March 2018 was that Racing
Queensland has allocated a budget of up to $3.7 million for the project, having acknowledged that they
have already spent $2.815 million since 1 July 2017. Your reply to estimates question on notice No. 15
was that the expenditure of $3.7 million for the remediation project has been deferred to 2018-19. I am
seeking an explanation of that.
CHAIR: Is the question about the balance of the $3.7 million—
Mr LANGBROEK: It is passing strange that the two amounts are exactly the same. I suppose I
am wondering whether is it another $3.7 million or it is a portion of the $3.7 million, as the chair just
Mr HINCHLIFFE: I am taking a bit of advice on that to clarify that for myself.
CHAIR: Is this something that we can return to later rather than take up the time of the member
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south and western corridors of Brisbane. There is a short list of sites which has been established for
both harness and greyhound racing. For commercially confidential reasons, we continue to work those
to ground to short-list those into preferred sites for the future.

Mr LANGBROEK: Minister, I think you might have mentioned that it is down to four sites. I read
that just the other day. Can you advise what consultation will happen or has happened with stakeholders
such as the harness racing club at Albion Park? They expressed to me that they really do not hear
much about what is happening to them. They are perplexed about what is happening at their site.

Mr HINCHLIFFE: As the CEO of Racing Queensland has said, this has been a matter of ongoing
work and engagement with a range of stakeholders. Things are being narrowed down. I can say, having
been at a greyhound event at Albion Park a couple of weeks ago—the Origin Greyhound Series event,
which was spectacularly successful and a great promotion for the code—that these matters were the
subject of conversation and ongoing engagement. I have certainly also been meeting with
representatives of the harness racing code from the Albion Park club and other clubs and other
interested potential participants in the industry. I have engaged with them to indicate how important it
is that we get these facility issues right.

While we are in this phase of finalising locations, it is very difficult to engage at anything more
than a higher level. Once you narrow it down to locations you are then putting Racing Queensland and
therefore the whole of the industry at a disadvantage in relation to potential site owners who are
obviously going to try to get the best price they can for particular localities. We are in a very difficult
situation at the moment in terms of getting that right, but I can assure you that my door is open and I
have been meeting with and going to visit people involved in all codes, particularly the harness and
greyhound codes in recent times.

Mr LANGBROEK: Could you please give the committee and the racing fraternity of Queensland
a time frame around the process at Eagle Farm?
Mr HINCHLIFFE: I want to say in relation to Eagle Farm that it has been good to see that there
has been progress. Since some sharp and hard words that I had to say earlier this year it has been
gratifying to see good work going on and strong engagement rather than, as I was saying at the time,
finger pointing between Racing Queensland and the Brisbane Racing Club. Everyone involved is
working together on achieving the delivery of a quality, sustainable track as soon as they can.
I will not be making the mistake of predicting now when it will be available. My measure, as it
was back then and will continue to be, is having confidence in the participants in the industry and seeing
the track successfully remediated and tested by participants. That is the only measure there will ever
be. I am not going to be setting a date. I am not going to making predictions about a date now. What
we need for the success of this new track at Eagle Farm is for it to be proven and demonstrated to be
sustainable and reliable.

Mr LANGBROEK: I have a question for the CEO about the relationship between QRIC, the
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, and your organisation. I do not want to speculate about that.
I would like you to advise the committee about the relationship. Is communication at a correct level
given the recent events surrounding prize money being paid out at the Toowoomba Cup and Guineas
Day? There were a couple of media releases about that.

CHAIR: Member for Surfers Paradise, could you make your questions relevant to the forward
estimates. There seemed to be multiple parts to your question. Could you ask a single question related
to forward estimates that we are attempting to pass?
Mr LANGBROEK: It is budget estimates, Chair. Given that QRIC is a new organisation, my
question is about the relationship between QRIC and Queensland Racing. Can you advise the
committee about that relationship?

Mr Parnell: The QRIC relationship—obviously, as you know, I have recently joined the Racing
Queensland organisation as CEO only a matter of 10 weeks ago—has been to make sure that we have
both robust but also good business practices between our organisations and the need to work closely
together. With that in mind, Ross and I have engaged on a regular basis on how we improve that. We
will continue on improving the working relationship because ultimately the racing industry requires us
to work closely together.

Mr LANGBROEK: There is no question about that. My next question, Minister, is about a media
statement that you released a few weeks ago about a $12 million annual prize money boost for the
Queensland racing industry. Of the $12 million, $8.6 million went to thoroughbreds, $3 million to
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greyhounds and $400,000 to harness racing. Can you please explain to the committee how and why
the prize money was apportioned in that way?

Mr HINCHLIFFE: Before coming to that question, in relation to the $3.7 million for Eagle Farm, I
am advised that Racing Queensland has allocated the funds in 2017-18, but claims for funding from
the department to Racing Queensland are made in arrears so that the payment will actually be made
in 2018-19. That explains the discrepancy that you were concerned about.

In relation to the prize money, I did make that announcement, with the support of Racing
Queensland, about that good news for Queensland and for the industry, noting that that $12 million
increase in prize money was made possible by the Palaszczuk government’s commitment to the
$70 million country racing package. I was quite proud to be able to be a part of announcing that
As for the setting of the prize money and the allocations amongst the codes, the Racing Act 2002
specifically prohibits the minister from directing Racing Queensland on the setting of prize money. It
was a Racing Queensland decision. They made the determination about how that prize money was
allocated amongst the codes and, indeed, the quantum of that amount. I am very pleased that I was
able to play a part in announcing that prize money boost because it was made possible by the
Palaszczuk government commitment to the country racing package.

CHAIR: Member for Surfers Paradise, you have another three minutes, so you have time for one
or maybe two questions.
Mr LANGBROEK: In that case, I want to ask the CEO about sample collections at race meetings.
Is the organisation confident that it has world’s best practice in sample collections with the recent issues
to do with—
Mr HINCHLIFFE: Chair, I suspect that the member for Surfers Paradise wants to ask that question
of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner, rather than the CEO of Racing Queensland.
Mr LANGBROEK: I am happy for the commissioner to answer that.

Mr Barnett: I thank the honourable member for the question. If I understood and remember the
question correctly, it was about the efficiency of our sample collection procedures. I can assure the
committee that this year the commission has done more testing than it has done in previous years. In
previous years we had collected around 17,500 samples across the three codes of racing. This year
we have collected nearly 21,000 samples. The effort that has gone into both the testing of all winning
animals across all three codes plus our random and targeted testing of other animals is significantly

The results for those are approximately the same in previous years. In the last few years there
have been 90 positive swabs across the three codes for all testing. This year the figure is 85. I can say
that we are also preparing a sampling strategy that will take into account a better integration of all of
the intelligence and operational functions of the commission. We will certainly be advanced in the work
that we can do thanks to an injection of about $8 million in capital for the acquisition and replacement
of some new instruments at the Racing Science Centre which do give us greater capacity than we have
had in the past.

CHAIR: Minister, do you want to add anything?

CHAIR: We turn now to the member for Pine Rivers to ask a question.
Ms BOYD: With reference to page 2 of the Department of Local Government, Racing and
Multicultural Affairs’ SDS and the country racing support package, could the minister please outline the
success of the recent Battle of the Bush series?

Mr HINCHLIFFE: Without a doubt, from the moment it was announced to the time the winner
flashed past the post on 23 June, the Battle of the Bush series was an outstanding success for
thoroughbred racing right across Queensland. The series of 16 qualifying races across eight regions of
the state gave gallopers the opportunity to race at Doomben on a Group 1 race day and presented
trainers, connections and jockeys with the same chance. Events such as these show the importance of
country racing to the fabric of communities with the race days providing economic and social benefits,
as we know. We know that racing contributes more than $1.2 billion into the Queensland economy and,
importantly, around 47 per cent of that is in regional areas of the state.
What the Battle of the Bush did for racing in regional Queensland was something quite special.
It created a real buzz in the industry about which region might produce the winner and the excitement
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of racing in the final on a metropolitan track. Let there be no mistake: people were very keen to get into
that field for the final. Some trainers took their horses to multiple events across the state in a bid to
qualify. Indeed, the winner of the final, held on 23 June at Doomben, Mason’s Chance, placed at four
qualifiers from Bowen to Thangool before making it through at its final start at Barcaldine. The
connections estimated that, by the final, Mason’s Chance had travelled nearly 10,000 kilometres such
was their desire to win the event.
Already I am hearing of owners and trainers looking to buy horses specifically to target next
year’s series. It is this sort of investment—this confidence in the sector—that the Palaszczuk
government will continue to support and back through our support for country racing. This is a great
example of how that package that we went to the last election on has delivered for racing already this
CHAIR: Speaking of country racing and having been to the Barcaldine races twice, in relation to
page 6 of the department’s SDS, could the minister outline why it is so important to provide a support
package for country racing in Queensland?

Mr HINCHLIFFE: Thank you, Chair, for your question and thank you for your support for country
racing in Barcaldine and other places. The Palaszczuk government recognises how important country
racing is to the social and economic fabric of rural and regional Queensland. You only need to travel to
one of these events, as you clearly have done, to see the way that town people, farmers young and
old, families and individuals come out to celebrate their communities through racing.
While there are social benefits to country racing, there are also very significant economic benefits
that need to be recognised. Of the 9,548 FTEs in racing, 4,606 of them are in regional areas. That is
why it is so important to back the racing industry not just in the south-east corner but across the state.
That is why at the last election we took to the people a package that takes this into account and
recognises this importance—a $70 million package that will promote, support and grow country racing
in Queensland. The package is delivering stability and certainty to country racing and will provide
$60 million for the operation of country racing and $10 million over four years for critical infrastructure,
repairs and maintenance.
With over 100 non-TAB race clubs in Queensland that conduct about 260 race meetings per
year, it is clear to see that racing is here to stay and that the Palaszczuk government is absolutely
committed to making sure that it stays in as healthy a state as possible. We have by far the largest
network of country racing venues in the nation. This funding recognises the extra costs incurred in
continuing with races that mean so much to local communities everywhere.
I have been lucky enough to have been the minister as we see this package roll out and deliver.
I have also been lucky enough to have travelled to a number of these clubs as minister and have seen
firsthand what these events mean to the people who live there. Country racing is at the core of many
of these towns and we are committed to making sure it stays that way. It has been a great partnership
between the government and the industry right across the length and breadth of Queensland.

Ms RICHARDS: With reference to page 51 of the SDS, could the minister please outline what
benefits a three-year licence renewal process will bring to the racing industry and its participants?
Mr HINCHLIFFE: No matter what industry someone is in, when they are in it for themselves, as I
know as someone who has been in small business myself, one of the great bugbears is the amount of
paperwork that you have to do. Trainers across the three codes are no different. That is why I was
proud to announce the introduction of the new three-year licence renewals through an online process.
This change was done in consultation with the racing industry and follows the introduction of
RanDLE, the new customer relationship management tool, by the Queensland Racing Integrity
Commission. Feedback from industry clearly indicated that there was a strong desire to remove the
administrative burden from licensed trainers, and there is no better way to do that than via a combination
of the three-year renewals and the online systems. To further ensure that this process could be rolled
out successfully, it was very importantly trialled with the licensing of 1,797 stablehands and 289 kennel
attendants. As of 30 June 2018, all of these had been transferred on to three-year licences.
In addition to the three-year renewals, there has been a simplification of the categories for
thoroughbred trainers, making it even easier to renew. These changes will not only benefit trainers
across the codes but also free up QRIC staff from the often laborious process of entering data from
paper forms on an annual basis. It has been a real win-win for everyone. The QRIC staff will, in turn,
be able to assist in other areas of the business and deliver other services to clients more effectively.
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I can advise the committee that these changes have been implemented in a way that still
maintains the integrity of the overall licensing system. As with all elements of racing integrity—the
stewarding, the testing regime or the licensing—the Palaszczuk government is committed to e
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Mr HINCHLIFFE: Yes, 70 per cent, so the pressure is on facilities and it will only become greater.
That is why the country racing package, as I mentioned earlier, contains $10 million over four years for
those clubs to address their infrastructure needs. This will enable clubs to prioritise works on tracks
with government support, freeing up funds for other projects. Having recently visited the Emerald
Jockey Club and having looked at their jockey rooms and heard about their plans to expand female
jockey change rooms, I know they will be just one of the many who will be looking to cater for the rapid
growth of female participation. I think that is yet another exciting part of the country racing package that
is supporting country racing right across the state.

CHAIR: Thank you, Minister. I now call on the member for Surfers Paradise if he has any
questions to put to the minister.
Mr LANGBROEK: My question is to the commissioner of QRIC. Commissioner, you spoke
earlier about stable and kennel inspections. Given the $28.8 million budget at page 55 of the SDS,
could you advise the committee how many charges have been made by QRIC and how many
successful prosecutions have occurred?

Mr Barnett: I thank the honourable member for the question. It is important to realise that the
Racing Crime Squad, who are the QPS officers seconded to the commission, do not answer in any sort
of a line of command to me. They are operationally managed by the Queensland Police Service. I can
certainly provide figures about the number of arrests and charges that they have preferred. Would that
be of benefit to the committee?

Mr LANGBROEK: Yes. Any of those numbers would be appreciated.
Mr Barnett: In the last financial year, the Racing Crime Squad charged 45 offenders with 89
offences. In a general sense, the staff of the commission, including the integrity investigation team and
the racing stewards, issue a range of penalties and infringements across the three codes. As an overall
figure, I can say that the figure for the last financial year for the number of original decisions made,
which effectively are penalties, is just over 1,600 across the three codes.

Mr LANGBROEK: Commissioner, my next question is to a staffing issue which is page 54 of the
SDS. The legislation outlines that you are able to appoint a deputy commissioner but the annual report
for 2016-17 does not list anyone for that position. In April 2018, in a media release it was stated that
this position had been filled by Mark Ainsworth. Can you confirm that for the committee?

Mr Barnett: Yes. I can confirm that on 26 April this year Mr Ainsworth was appointed as the first
deputy racing integrity commissioner for the commission. An executive recruitment campaign was
undertaken. Mr Ainsworth was identified as the preferred candidate for appointment.

Mr LANGBROEK: Can you advise what happened? The annual report for 2016-17 notes that
the position was vacant but it said, ‘A professional contractor was engaged to assist with management
of the operational responsibilities of this office.’ Can you advise who that contractor was?
Mr Barnett: Yes. That was a gentleman by the name of Mr Todd Hunt from a company called
P2E. He was engaged to assist me before the commission actually commenced in assisting in the
implementation and transition of the start-up of the commission. He remained assisting me for the
majority of the 2016-17 financial year.

Mr LANGBROEK: In other words, you were not ready to have a deputy commissioner on board
at the commencement of the integrity commission; is that correct?
Mr Barnett: No. We did in fact undertake a selection process in that year for a deputy
commissioner but the position was not filled at that time and the process was recommenced at the end
of last year.
Mr LANGBROEK: Was the deputy commissioner position advertised?
Mr Barnett: Yes, and there was a full and open merit selection process.
Mr LANGBROEK: Can you advise the committee how many other people applied for the
position? It could be commercial-in-confidence—
Mr Barnett: No. I think the figure was in excess of 50.
Mr LANGBROEK: Thank you. Who formed the panel that recommended the appointment of
Mr Ainsworth?
Mr Barnett: That was myself, Mr Sal Perna, who is the Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner,
and I have had a blank about the third panel member, but I can come back to you with that.
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CHAIR: We might take that as a question that you can come back to at the end if it comes to you
or someone else may assist.
Mr LANGBROEK: I also understand that the role of deputy commissioner would be
accompanied with an executive officer or executive assistant role. Could you advise when that position
was filled and who was on the panel that recommended that appointment?

Mr Barnett: I do not have the exact details of that selection process with me. There is an AO5
executive assistant to the deputy commissioner but I cannot give you the exact details of when that was
filled or who was on the panel. I can certainly take that on notice.

Mr LANGBROEK: I am happy to have it taken on notice if the minister is pleased to do so.
CHAIR: The process of the estimates committee is that only the minister can take a question on
Mr LANGBROEK: Minister, I am just asking about the details of the appointment and the
appointment process of the executive assistant role to the deputy commissioner. I asked when it was
filled and who was on the panel that recommended that appointment. I am happy to have that on notice.
Mr HINCHLIFFE: I am happy for it to be taken on notice. It could even be possible that we could
get something before the end of the evening, although it might be getting a bit tight now.
CHAIR: We will try to get it this evening, but we have made the undertaking that it will be taken
as a question on notice if it cannot be answered by the end of the evening.

Mr LANGBROEK: Minister, there have been concerns raised about the appointment of the
deputy commissioner, so I am asking if you will make a commitment to this committee that you will
ensure that there is either a review or some investigation of the process of appointment to reassure the
public that everything is above board.

CHAIR: Can you repeat the question? I lost the thread of the argument a little bit.
Mr LANGBROEK: Certainly. Minister, concerns have been raised about this appointment. Will
the minister make a commitment to this committee that he will ensure there is a review of the process
of appointment to reassure the public that everything is above board?

CHAIR: The question is: will the minister have a review?
Mr HINCHLIFFE: Thank you, Chair, and I thank the member for the question. To recap on these
matters that the commissioner has referred to, Mr Mark Ainsworth was appointed as the first deputy
racing integrity commissioner of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, as the commissioner
said, on 26 April this year. An executive recruitment campaign was undertaken and Mr Ainsworth was
identified as the preferred candidate for the appointment. Prior to his appointment, Mr Ainsworth was a
detective superintendent in the Queensland Police Service working at the Crime and Corruption
Commission as the director, corruption operations. Further, he led the Queensland Police Service task
force into greyhound racing and performed the role of integrity adviser to the then minister for racing.
Mr Ainsworth has an in-depth understanding of the critical role of a deputy commissioner in
supporting the commissioner to implement strategies to enhance confidence in the racing industry.
Throughout his work, Mr Ainsworth has established networks within key industry stakeholders,
including with the RSPCA and key law enforcement agencies. He has, from my observation, clearly
had a devoted career serving the people of Queensland and it is modelled to the highest standards of
professionalism, integrity, accountability and professionalism. This has been reflected in the roles he
has undertaken during his career and has made him an ideal appointment for the role of deputy
The commissioner has advised me on the processes along the way as this matter has been dealt
with. I have every confidence that there are no issues with the appointment process. I have had no
letters, I have had no phone calls and I have had no suggestions that there have been any concerns
about the appointment process. Member for Surfers Paradise, if you have those concerns or if you
know people who have those concerns, I suggest you refer them to the appropriate authorities if there
is some deeper concern about this appointment process. Certainly, this is an outstanding candidate
who has been appointed. On all of the information that has been before me, it has been a rigorous,
proper and thorough process.

Mr LANGBROEK: I thank you for that reassurance, Minister. You could tell by my questions that
I was simply teasing out the questions about the process itself, about which you have now reassured
the committee.
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Commissioner, I have a question again about testing for substances. Could you advise the
committee about the significant publicity that has been given with particular issues for substance testing,
whether it is cobalt, and the effects on licensees? We are seeing an increased number of licensees
who are having their livelihoods affected. Is what the commission doing in relation to the effects of
cobalt and other performance-enhancing drugs up-to-date with world’s best practice in other
jurisdictions? The licensees who are coming to see me—and some of them are seemingly battler
trainers—are struggling, yet their lives are being really badly affected by positive swabs.
CHAIR: I may be paraphrasing you. The question is—actually I am not sure.
Mr LANGBROEK: I am asking the commission to update the committee about the process of
assessing particular agents that might supposedly be performance enhancing.

CHAIR: Is it up to date with the science—
Mr LANGBROEK: I am asking what the commission can advise us about what their research is
doing internationally and locally for Queensland licensees who have been very badly affected.

Mr Barnett: I thank the member for the question. I am in a position to give the committee some
advice about the issue of cobalt in particular if I may. Cobalt is a trace element that is naturally occurring
in the environment. It is present in water, animal food and some dietary supplements. Cobalt is also
present as part of the structure of vitamin B12.
Cobalt misuse has been regulated by the equine rules of racing since October 2014 in the
harness code, January 2015 in the thoroughbred code, and in greyhound racing since September 2015.
Because cobalt exists in the environment and in food and is, in fact, an essential trace element, its use
is regulated by way of thresholds in both urine and blood samples. The various thresholds were
established following extensive studies involving thousands of samples.
Cobalt can be misused by trainers in an effort to improve the performance of racing animals
through its potential to act on the process that regulates red blood cell production. In 2017-18 the
commission detected 23 samples that contained cobalt at levels above the regulatory threshold at which
point cobalt is deemed to be a prohibited substance under each code’s rules. This is an increase on
the 15 samples reported positive for cobalt in the previous year.
A number of submissions have been made by trainers in defending proceedings against them
including challenges to the accreditation of laboratories and the statistical and physiological basis of
the regulatory thresholds. The commission, along with racing regulatory bodies in other jurisdictions,
continues to vigorously defend the veracity of the regulatory thresholds and testing methodology. In
summary, these thresholds are set by the national governing bodies and they are enforced by us.

Mr LANGBROEK: Minister, can I ask you about the Racing Infrastructure Fund? For example,
the Gold Coast Turf Club has a $39 million Racing Queensland approved master plan. Would you
advise the committee if no further action will happen at the Gold Coast, whether it is for part of that
master plan including a tunnel that was promised seven years ago, until Eagle Farm is finished, or are
we awaiting the finalisation of the infrastructure plan that the CEO of Racing Queensland mentioned
that is currently with you?

Mr HINCHLIFFE: I thank the member for the question. The reality is that the Racing Infrastructure
Fund is trying to deal with a range of projects across a range of critical issues across three codes and
a diverse number of tracks, centres and facilities. While there are critical projects underway at the
moment like the $13 million redevelopment of Ipswich Turf Club’s Bundamba racecourse—there is
obviously the rectification works at Eagle Farm that you have made reference to, and there is some
$6 million of the country in regional capital works program underway at the moment. There is also
$3.5 million of critical capital works being undertaken at Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses that
have been approved under the Racing Infrastructure Fund. While a series of those things happen at
the same time, I do not want to portray them as being a block to other things occurring. I do want to
suggest that we are—and the fund is—conscious of the needs across a range of facilities. Particularly
in light of the experience with Eagle Farm being out of action, there is a very strong consciousness of
the need to ensure that the range of tracks in South-East Queensland have the capacity, the capability
and the infrastructure to support them being used more effectively and with a greater array of facilities.
I am not sure if the CEO of Racing Queensland has anything that he would like to add to that in relation
to the Gold Coast specifically?

Mr Parnell: It is part of the infrastructure planning process. The review of the infrastructure fund
does include consideration of the Gold Coast Turf Club master plan and funding has been sought for
an allocation of scoping and planning works that go towards the next stage of that process. As the
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minister has highlighted, we are tracking on a return to Eagle Farm at some stage in the not-too-distant
future. Gold Coast prioritisation is an important part of that infrastructure plan work we are doing.
CHAIR: For the remaining eight minutes we have some questions on Multicultural Affairs. We
thank the CEO and the commissioner.
Mr Barnett: Can I just clarify?
CHAIR: My apologies. There were actually quite a few clarifying issues. Do you wish to clarify
about the third member of the selection panel?

Mr Barnett: Yes, thank you, Chair. The third member of the panel was the deputy DG of the
department of transport, Tracy O’Bryan.

CHAIR: There was another issue about a selection panel for the AO—
Mr Barnett: We do not have that information at this time.

Mr HINCHLIFFE: I have something to clarify as well. I made reference to—and you remarked
upon it too, Chair, so I want to be particularly clear to you that I did not get this wrong—70 per cent of
apprentices throughout Queensland being female. I want to clarify that. Statewide, it is 59 per cent, but
in regional Queensland it is a figure that I meant to say was close to 70 per cent. It is 66 per cent. My
apologies, I did not mean to mislead the committee.

CHAIR: I understand the sentiment, Minister. "ENDS

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« 2018-Jul-30, 07:42 PM Reply #1657 »
Thank you Arsenal for posting the above. Having dealt with the Minister personally I am sure that he has all the attributes to enter the revered Hall of Fame of Queensland Racing Ministers. Of course he is already in the Hall of Fame for transport ministers where his efforts occasioned his dismissal from that particular portfolio. As anyone who knows Queensland politics  realizes the dear old minister has always just been a lackey for the Ludwig faction. A cursory glance at the White Report into Racing in Queensland will reveal the deeds of Ludwig senior when he was a Director of Queensland Racing. Sure he and some of his cronies ended up being referred to ASIC for their complete disregard for proper Director practices. You nearly roll around on the floor laughing at the rubbish given to the Estimates Committee. Silly enough having Parnell running Queensland racing in the first place and then you get the copper Barnett who runs this Circus called QRIC saying that that there was a full job selection process to appoint another copper as his deputy. Why would we believe him ? This is the same ringmaster who bans the press from hearings and doesn't publish results of inquiries till it suits him . Who the hell does he think he is ?A few decades back we had a Royal Commission to get rid of coppers who thought they were not only above the law but even worse , that they were the law.

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« 2018-Jul-31, 05:13 PM Reply #1658 »
Mr Langbroek asked Mr Barnett about how many charges had been made by QRIC and how many prosecutions have been successful ...the Commissioner explained that the Racing Crime Squad does not answer to him but he was able to  reveal that 45 persons had been charged with 89 offences by the cops.....unfortunately Mr Langbroek accepted the answer and didn't think it necessary to press for a reply to his question how many of those charges had been prosecuted successfully....... so we are none the wiser.......there has been some media releases on prosecutions most of which appear to be still in progress.

We do know that only Barton Cockburn was convicted and fined $5K while Dayle March was not convicted nor was Leonard Cain who walked free on insufficient evidence.

Marsh Dobson charged with money laundering and I think Mick Grant was charged with prior knowledge ...they may  have not yet had their day in court...... while there a number of other harness racing persons in the spotlight on which no further progress has been reported in the absence of further and better particulars we are left to conclude that there has been only one successful prosecution....Barton Cockburn.

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« 2018-Aug-02, 09:52 AM Reply #1659 »
Queensland jockeys are to get an increase in riding fees taking them to $200 per mount.
It brings them into line with Victorian jockeys who are engaged in protracted negotiations with officials in that state to raise it further.

Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell said the Queensland Jockeys Association representative Glen Prentice and all stakeholders had acted in a collaborative way to bring about the result.

RQ agreed to the increase after some lengthy behind-the-scenes negotiations.

“We are committed to increasing our returns to participants in a sustainable way. Over the past 14 months we have delivered an extra $15 million in prize money,” Parnell said.

“Queensland is financially disadvantaged in comparison to southern states. That’s why it’s important we work closely with government on Point of Consumption tax implementation as well as our new commercial plan and the full benefits of the Tabcorp Tatts merger.”

Prentice said the increase was welcomed by jockeys.

“I want to thank (jockey) Larry Cassidy and (jockey rep) Pam O’Neill for their role in achieving this result,” he said.

Good luck they deserve it  :thumbsup:

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« 2018-Aug-03, 03:56 PM Reply #1660 »
RV and the VJA have agreed on increases to the various fees jockeys are to receive based on the previous standard riding fee of $200 the increase is about 5.5% which is a lot better than the standard wage increases for ordinary workers.

Will the QJA seek to renegotiate their agreement with RQ after accepting a standard $200 based on the standard at the time.

Also do Qld jockeys receive comparable benefits to those outlined in the VJA & RV agreement. :what:

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« 2018-Aug-07, 07:43 PM Reply #1661 »
Davie Fowler has some news on staff appointments and /or promotions at RQ HQ which he reported in his blog on horseracing only which is produced verbatim which reminds me of a well known poem Clancy of the Overflow.

"I mentioned there was some "snakes and ladders" happening at Racing Queensland management level on a recent edition of Radio TAB's Press Room.

Adam Wallish is "on the ladder" and this is an excellent appointment.

Wallish adopts powerful responsibility in the newly created Chief Operating Officer's role.

His brief covers multiple portfolios across the three codes.

Wallish, wasted in the GM greyhounds role previously, will be Chief Executive Brendan Parnell's eyes and ears. This set-up has been significantly lacking in previous administrations.

Mary Collier's profile has been boosted to General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Policy.

Simon Stout is now General Manager of Thoroughbred Racing while Greg Puckeridge has been appointed as Tracks and Facilities Manager.

Marketing boss Adam Coward is neither a snake nor ladder. He has departed the building."

Lots of many indians. :whistle:

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« 2018-Aug-17, 07:47 PM Reply #1662 »
There's no metro meeting in Brisbane tomorrow the main venue is the Gold Coast and in country Qld there are 10 other meetings the Talwood Cup $10K is on plus Prairie Cunnamulla Mt Isa  and others shortage of meetings if you happen to live in the bush or are just visiting...and there's a three race program at Kilcoy for harness racing...and show trotting at the Ekka with results on the RQ webpage which is a good move although the class of horse isn't what you would call handy .....not like the old days of Stormy Water and other topliners going around the saucer track at the Ekka.

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« 2018-Aug-20, 05:19 PM Reply #1663 »
Nominations for the UBET thoroughbred awards night on 16th September from RQ website I was trying to find a media release relating to giving more bush clubs TAB xtatus but regretfully it is nowhere to be found.

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« 2018-Aug-21, 06:37 PM Reply #1664 »
Nominations for the UBET thoroughbred awards night on 16th September from RQ website I was trying to find a media release relating to giving more bush clubs TAB xtatus but regretfully it is nowhere to be found.

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Queensland premier trainer Ben Currie, metropolitan premier trainer Tony Gollan, Robert Heathcote and Toby Edmonds have been nominated for Queensland Trainer of the Year.  :o

That is an interesting thought exercise. If you are on the voting panel, do you vote for Ben Currie or not vote for Ben Currie?

Queensland Horse Of The Year??

Off the top of my head Crack Me Up won the Listed Recognition, the Group 2 Villiers and the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup. Very creditable 4ths to Winx in the George Ryder and Santa Ana Lane in the Stradbroke.

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« 2018-Sep-03, 09:03 AM Reply #1665 »
Racing industry needs to heed Kiwi findings

QUEENSLAND decisionmakers are burying their heads in the sand if they don’t think there’s lessons to be learned from the report tabled by John Messara into the future of the New Zealand racing industry.

Messara made 17 recommendations after being commissioned by Racing Minister Winston Peters to conduct a thorough review of the ailing NZ industry.

The first recommendation made was to change the governance structure, so that responsibility devolved to each of the individual codes – something that would ring home to Queensland participants.

Another recommendation was to sell almost half of the country’s thoroughbred tracks, freeing up money for infrastructure to modernise the remaining facilities.

As it is in New Zealand, this is a matter that would be hotly debated in Queensland.

Messara estimated adoption of all recommendations had the potential to almost double New Zealand’s existing prizemoney to more than $100 million.

“The decline of the New Zealand thoroughbred industry has occurred over a long period of time, steadily eroding the confidence of participants,” Messara said in a statement that many Queensland trainers would relate to.

“That confidence is at the tipping point, causing reduced commitment to investment in racing and breeding.’’

Extract from Nathan Exelby's Courier Mail online story.

How to find the Messara report,,....17 recommendations Nathan wrote about two......the first suggestion separate control for the three codes ...need to unscramble the egg....easier said than done with all three codes amalgamated and controlled by of the earlier Racing Ministers closed some country tracks thought of selling them where to start......QLD has more tracks which race regularly on Saturdays providing an outlet for locals and some economic benefit in those areas without contributing to the Industry generally.......more TAB allocations should result in a slightly better bottom line.....The Bobster had plans for Deagon but  that wasn't acceptable.......and Albion Park ownership gifted to  the Harness & Greyhound Boards was transferred to the All Codes Board in the amalgamation ...some promises were allegedly made and court action commenced ...but apparently discontinued ....and still no solution..RQ wants to sell........APHRC wants to retain and develop community sports facilities ......its been reported that the BCC won't allow RQ to sell...I doubt that even the experienced John Messara has the answer.

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« 2018-Sep-03, 09:59 AM Reply #1666 »
Messara estimated adoption of all recommendations had the potential to almost double New Zealand’s existing prizemoney to more than $100 million.

The 'Robbing Hood' philosophy . . Take from the poor etc

Why not get rid of the ridiculous $10 million 'dick competition' races to give to lesser clubs / and connections

And apropos to nothing in particular . .

I see that half of Birdsville' profit (read   :beer: PROFIT  :beer:) went to the drought relief fund  :beer:

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« 2018-Sep-03, 11:11 AM Reply #1667 »$file/Review-of-the-NZ-Racing-Industry-Report.pdf

Not difficult to find but takes a while to read all 86 pages ....just the recommendations will have to do.
Recommendations 1. Change the governance structure, so the NZRB becomes Wagering NZ with racing responsibilities devolving to the individual Codes. This will sharpen the commercial focus of TAB operations and improve the decision-making and accountability of the Codes.

 2. Establish Racing NZ as a consultative forum for the three Codes to agree on issues such as entering into commercial agreements with Wagering NZ, approving betting rules and budgets for the integrity bodies, equine health & research, etc.

 3. Change the composition and qualifications for directors of regulatory bodies.

 4. Request that a Performance and Efficiency Audit of the NZRB be initiated under section 14 of the Racing Act 2003, with particular emphasis on the operating costs of the NZRB.

 5. Amend the Section 16 distribution formula of the Racing Act 2003 to a more equitable basis for fixed 10-year terms.

6. Initiate a special review of the structure and efficacy of the RIU and allied integrity bodies, to be conducted by an independent qualified person.

7. Begin negotiations for the outsourcing of the TAB’s commercial activities to an international wagering operator, to gain the significant advantages of scale.

8. Seek approval for a suite of new wagering products to increase funding for the industry.

 9. Confirm the assignment of Intellectual Property (IP) by the Clubs to the Codes.

10. Introduce Race Field and Point Of Consumption Tax legislation expeditiously. These two measures will bring New Zealand’s racing industry into line with its Australian counterparts and provide much needed additional revenue.

11. Repeal the existing betting levy of approximately $13 million per annum paid by the NZRB, given that the thoroughbred Code is a loss maker overall, with the net owners’ losses outweighing the NZRB’s net profit.

 12. Clarify legislation to vest Race Club property and assets to the Code regulatory bodies for the benefit of the industry as a whole.

 13. Reduce the number of thoroughbred race tracks from 48 to 28 tracks under a scheduled program. This does not require the closure of any Club.

14. Upgrade the facilities and tracks of the remaining racecourses with funds generated from the sale of surplus property resulting from track closures to provide a streamlined, modern and competitive thoroughbred racing sector capable of marketing itself globally.

 15. Construct three synthetic all-weather tracks at Cambridge, Awapuni & Riccarton with assistance from the New Zealand Government’s Provincial Growth Fund. Support the development of the Waikato Greenfields Project.

16. Introduce robust processes to establish traceability from birth and the re-homing of the entire thoroughbred herd, as the foundation stone of the industry’s ongoing animal welfare program.

17. Increase thoroughbred prizemoney gradually to over $100 million per annum through a simplified three-tier racing model, with payments extended to tenth place in all races.

Finally, this Review is only the beginning of the reform process and it is critical that the implementation of the recommendations be pursued urgently and in their entirety, as this is the step at which previous reform efforts appear to have faltered.
 I acknowledge the challenge that this Review and the associated recommendations present to you, your Government and the overall industry. However, I am confident that with strong leadership, and the support and commitment of all sectors, organisations and participants, the industry can be turned around and achieve sustainability with consequential favourable impacts on the New Zealand economy.
I emphasise the integrated nature of the recommendations. For example, the venue reduction plan is necessary to improve the racing product, which is essential for generating the increased wagering that in turn will deliver better returns to all stakeholders.
This will provide a secure foundation for the industry’s continued recovery and growth into the future.
Similarly, the additional revenue generated by the implementation of the other recommendations in this Review will not fund required prizemoney increases if all 48 racecourses were to be retained, upgraded and maintained to an acceptable standard.
 I suggest that implementation of the reforms begins with the appointment of members to the NZRB, pending the necessary changes in legislation.
A clear mandate should be given to the board to drive the reforms through the system with a sense of urgency.
Further, I would recommend the establishment of a board sub-committee whose only task will be to progress the wagering outsourcing opportunity.
 Yours sincerely,
 John Messara AM

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« 2018-Sep-03, 12:33 PM Reply #1668 »

Why not get rid of the ridiculous $10 million 'dick competition' races to give to lesser clubs / and connections


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« 2018-Sep-16, 05:24 PM Reply #1669 »
The big night at the Thoughbred Awards is on tonight and it'll be standing room only it's a sellout according to QR no room for latecomers.

These are the nominees for some of the 28 awards but no details if the proceedings will be telecast by SKY.......we will have to see what tomorrow brings in the CM and possibly David Fowler's Press Room if he's made the cut.

Featured Nominees

Queensland Jockey of the Year

Jim Byrne

Robbie Fradd

Jeff Lloyd .

Matthew McGillivray

Queensland Trainer of the Year

Ben Currie

Toby Edmonds

Tony Gollan

Robert Heathcote

Queensland Apprentice of the Year

Jag Guthmann-Chester

Taylor Marshall

Michael Murphy

Boris Thornton

4YO and Older Horse of the Year

Crack Me Up


I’m A Rippa

Most Important

Savanna Amour

3YO Horse of the Year

Another Dollar




2YO horse of the Year


Ef Troop

Granny Red Shoes

Outback Barbie



Also awarded on the night will be:

Breeding Awards – Sponsored by Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland

Queensland Broodmare of the Year
Queensland Stallion of the Year
Champion First Season Stallion
Champion 2YO Stallion
Premiership Awards

Country Premiership Jockey
Country Premiership Trainer
Provincial Premiership Jockey
Provincial Premiership Trainer
Metropolitan Premiership Jockey
Metropolitan Premiership Trainer
Stewards Award.....this'll be interesting :o
Horses of the Year

QTIS Horse of the Year (Prizemoney)
Country Horse of the Year
Provincial Horse of the Year
Apprentice Awards

Country Apprentice of the Year
Provincial Apprentice of the Year
Metropolitan Apprentice of the year
Hall of Fame


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« 2018-Sep-17, 08:31 AM Reply #1670 »
No surprise that my tips for some of the awards got up last night although without knowing the nominees in the other categories it was impossible to predict the likely winners's not like the logies where all the nominations are publicised in advance of the here's the CM story with all the winners.

 Newspaper legend Bart Sinclair inducted into Racing Queensland Hall of Fame
PAUL MALONE, The Courier-Mail
September 17, 2018 12:00am
FORMER racing editor of The Courier-Mail Bart Sinclair is one of five inductees into the Racing Queensland Hall of Fame.

Sinclair, who worked at the newspaper from 1988-2012 and is now racing manager for the Brisbane Racing Club, was honoured at the Queensland Thoroughbred Awards in Brisbane on Sunday night.

Other Hall of Fame inductees included a champion racehorse from the early 1900s, Molly’s Robe, jockey Fred Shean, trainer Con Doyle and associate Ceb Barnes.

RQ said Sinclair, who also analysed racing on radio and television broadcasts for many years and was racing editor of The Daily Sun newspaper from 1982-88, was “one of Queensland’s greatest ambassadors for racing’’.

Racing journalist Bart Sinclair has been inducted into the Racing Queensland Hall of Fame. Pictu AAP
In June, Sinclair was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to racing.

Sinclair’s father Andrew “Barty” Sinclair, who trained the 1963 Stradbroke winner Mullala, and his mother Joan led him to a life in the racing industry.

In addition to mentoring young journalists, Sinclair has a history for encouraging apprentice jockeys, including Hong Kong gun Zac Purton, and emerging trainers.

Trainer Tony Gollan, jockey Jeff Lloyd and the Liam Birchley-trained Crack Me Up took home the major awards.

Crack Me Up was named thoroughbred of the year.

Jag Guthmann-Chester took out the Ken Russell Queensland apprentice of the year award.

Other winners included Queensland’s provincial and overall premier trainer Ben Currie, provincial premiership jockey Justin Stanley, country trainer Bevan Johnson and country jockey Dan Ballard. ENDS

Bart has had a big year first the OAM and now in the Hall of Fame......his dad was a jockey in his younger days he rode a horse for my father once..... I remember my dad telling me Barty toldhim when he unsaddled it that  the horse was in no condition to back..... turns out the trainer ran out of credit with the feed merchant and got to the feed bin before the horse.

Wonder what Davie Fowler said on Press Room...... last week he had a laugh that Bart brought a bid of only $65 at the Charity Auction and had to buy lunch for the successful bidder.    :lol:    

Some further awards not included in the CM story posted earlier from RQ and some pics


RadioTAB Provincial Apprentice of the Year – Baylee Nothdurft

Ladies In Racing Country Apprentice of the Year – Nathan Fazackerley

QRIC Stewards Award – Jeff Lloyd

Eureka Stud QTIS Horse of the Year – Pennino (Darryl Hansen)

Zero Seven QLD 2YO Horse of the Year – Ef Troop (Tony Gollan)

QROA QLD 3YO Horse of the Year – Houtzen (Toby Edmonds)

Stanley River Thoroughbreds QLD 4YO and Older Horse of the Year – Crack Me Up (Liam Birchley)

Provincial Horse of the Year – Grey Missile (Roy Chillemi)

Classic Treadmills Provincial Trainer of the Year – Ben Currie

Ipswich Turf Club Provincial Premiership Jockey – Justin Stanley

Queensland Country Women’s Assoc. Country Horse of the Year – Bush Caviar (Henry Forster)

Munce Racing Country Premiership Trainer – Bevan Johnson

Queensland Jockey Association Country Premiership Jockey – Dan Ballard

TBQA Queensland Stallion of the Year – Rothesay

TBQA Champion First Season Stallion – Spirit of Boom

TBQA Champion 2YO Stallion – Spirit of Boom

TBQA Broodmare of the Year – Pyramisa’s Lass

Hall of Fame (Horse) Sponsored by Tattersall’s Racing Club

Molly’s Robe

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« 2018-Sep-19, 05:54 PM Reply #1671 »

Free advertisement for RQ .......logo clobber worn with distinction by Hall of Fame member (Dishlickers) Bunny Hewton not just RQ Hall of Fame but  also Aust Greyhound H of F for services to the industry.......RQ could send replacements due to exposure to sun wind and rain any spares will be distributed equitably by my good self .

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« 2018-Oct-04, 07:21 PM Reply #1672 »
The Annual report of Racing Qld outlines the operations of the three codes 130 clubs 119 racecourses and some 41,800 participants ran at a loss although not as big as the previous year 98 pages to read through for those interested.
Board members received a total of $308K for their time and attention the Chairman $62K of this an average of around $40K for the other members 10 meetings apparently so not bad money for so few get togethers...CEO Brendan Parnell received around $390K and there were 8 special payments amounting to $430K including 6 ex gratia payments to employees and two out of court settlements identification of who got what..while in 2016/17 RQ made 4 special payments to employees  totalling $65K two of those received payments over $5K.

"In May 2017, management sought independent land valuations for Albion Park, as they considered redevelopment options for the site. The valuation was based on the potential highest and best use of the entire site, and referenced recent market transactions in determining a potential range of values. The valuation reports provided an indicator for potential market values and the range of values proposed in the valuation reports were materially higher than the current fair value of the land recorded in the financial statements. However, as the Brisbane City Council has declined Racing Queensland’s development application under the superseded Neighbourhood Plan, management have opted to continue to report the current value of $33.6 million, derived from the 2016 valuation, remaining consistent with AASB 13, reflecting highest and best use with the constraint of legal permissibility."


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« 2018-Oct-05, 09:00 AM Reply #1673 »
Striking heavy blow

State racing industry‘s drastic action over tax snub

KEY Queensland thoroughbred racing representative bodies last night signed off on an explosive move to initiate Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup day strike action in retaliation to the code’s snubbing in the State Government’s point of consumption tax announcement last weekend.

Queensland introduced a point of consumption tax on October 1, whereby bookmakers and wagering providers will be taxed 15 per cent of all revenue they generate from Queensland-based customers.

The 15 per cent figure is significantly higher than the 8 per cent and 10 per cent that will be introduced by the Victorian and NSW governments on January 1.

Estimates have the tax hauling in $70 million in its first year.

The Queensland racing industry had lobbied for a significant cut, arguing money generated by racing should be invested back into the ailing local industry, which has fallen well off the pace set by southern giants NSW and Victoria.

But Treasurer Jackie Trad announced the industry would receive a one-off $20 million grant for harness and greyhound infrastructure and a $17.5 million “write-off” of an existing loan.

Thoroughbred racing was responsible for 77 per cent of Racing Queensland revenue last year and the industry is incensed that it will not receive a single cent of the POC money.

In stark contrast, NSW’s three racing codes can expect a $40 million annual windfall from POC receipts.

A letter will be sent to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured), Trad and Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe outlining the intention to stand down all industry participants from meetings at Doomben, Gold Coast and Toowoomba on Cox Plate Day on October 27 and on Tuesday, November 6, Melbourne Cup day.

The letter has the backing of the Queensland branch of the Australian Trainers Association, Queensland Jockeys Association, Queensland Racehorse Owners Association and Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders. “We have taken the approach that discussion and negotiation is no longer viable, and that the only way we can make our point is unfortunately through industrial action which is being requested vocally by our participants,” reads the letter, which has been signed by respective association presidents Chris Munce, Glen Prentice, Vince Pennisi and Basil Nolan. “We formally advise the Queensland Government of our total dissatisfaction with the lack of both financial and emotional interest in our industry, a concern that has been ongoing for many years but reached an all-time high with the recent announcements on the distribution of the point of consumption tax.”

The Government snub is seen as a “double whammy” because the extremity of the 15 per cent fee is expected to hit turnover on Queensland racing and, as a result, revenue returns to Racing Queensland.

Several well-placed sources south of the border have suggested the challenges to Queensland racing will be “insurmountable” if it does not receive a cut of the POC receipts.

What a shambles many will stick if it comes to the crunch ........the signees will be looking pretty silly if they don't get the support of their members....did they call meetings to embark on this or just another shoot from the hip hoping to hit the mark ........nevertheless   the QLD guvment is out of step with the major states too high a tax 15% and no comparable return to participants.......probably won't happen but if it did could create some problems....BRC not amongst the petitioners don't want to lose the takings especially on Cup day.

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« 2018-Oct-05, 09:23 AM Reply #1674 »
A united industry has always been something almost impossible to achieve in the QLD racing industry but this POC issue has the hallmarks of doing so. However the Melbourne Cup date will test the resolve of many but mainly the clubs whose financial plights are worsening.