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« 2019-Oct-16, 06:28 PM Reply #1875 »
RACING QUEENSLAND EXTENDS METRO MEETINGS
Wednesday 16 October, 2019
Mark Oberhardt AAP
Racing Queensland will trial a new format for midweek and Saturday metropolitan racing, starting at Doomben on Wednesday.

There will be seven races on Wednesdays with the usual eighth race being moved to make 10 races each Saturday.

The experiment will initially run for four weeks.

Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell said the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Victoria Derby days were traditionally some of the biggest turnover days in Queensland.

"By aligning ourselves with them we hope to boost turnover in Queensland," he said.

Meanwhile, work will begin on a redevelopment of the Ipswich course proper on November 4.

The 21 Ipswich Friday and Wednesday meetings will be shared between Doomben, Gatton, Beaudesert, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Kilcoy, Dalby and Warwick.

The first transferred Ipswich meeting venue will be at Gatton on Victoria Oaks day November 7.

The upgrade of the track will include replacing the drainage and irrigation systems.

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« 2019-Oct-18, 10:06 AM Reply #1876 »
It’s been a long, slow process for greyhounds
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PETER GLEESON
IT’S taken 13 years, but the long-awaited promise by the then Bligh government of a new greyhound track in south-east Queensland is finally a reality.
And while cynical owners, trainers and breeders will say “we’ll believe it when we see it’’, this is a rolled-gold Treasury commitment to the biggest and best greyhound complex in the world.
Governor Paul de Jersey signed the $40 million cheque at 1pm yesterday. It’s a $40 million investment in an industry that goes from strength to strength, not just in Queensland but around the country.
The timing of today’s Yamanto announcement won’t be lost on veteran industry observers. Queensland is announcing the biggest infrastructure investment in the code’s history on the day Greyhounds NSW hosts the world’s richest dog race, the Million Dollar Chase at Wentworth Park.
Queensland may be playing catch-up with NSW and Victoria, but this project will ignite interest in the industry and when it opens in late-2022, there will be a conga line of trainers relocating to southeast Queensland.
The plan for three tracks at the one venue, ensuring racing seven days a week, will complement a facility that includes the best of veterinary care and welfare provision.
The usual animal liberation suspects will question the investment, but let’s not forget that gambling turnover on the dogs is at an all-time high and hundreds of millions of dollars in wagering tax goes into Queensland hospitals, schools and police. It’s also important to acknowledge that the industry has aggressively pursued Integrity cheats, cleaning out the “bad apples’.
It is essential now that the Palaszczuk Government gets on with the job of delivering on its promise.
The new Yamanto track will be the best greyhound complex in the world. It’s the best possible news for the dish lickers and it will set the industry up for the next century.
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Dishlickers to get a new $40M home expected to start in 2022 and completed in 2023 Capalaba to continue and searching for a greenfield site for harness racing ...no news on the court case involving the ownership/sale of Albion Park.

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« 2019-Oct-18, 08:45 PM Reply #1877 »
. . . we hope to boost turnover in Queensland," he said.


Stories up this way about a big punter being cut back to 'nothing' by UBet at his local sporting club . .

Even to the extent of turning off the 'fixed odds' facility his venue

Club concerned not happy about loss of revenue . .



Doesn't seem so long ago, but it probably a few years, when they turned off 'fixed' at MKY racetrack when some 'sharpshooters' were there . . then did the same at a leagues club when said 'toughs' transferred to that location


Not really a 'turnover' boosting strategy

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« 2019-Nov-09, 09:28 PM Reply #1878 »
Levy to boost horse welfare
NATHAN EXELBY

THE State Government will today announce a 1 per cent prizemoney levy on all thoroughbred and standardbred races to go towards Queensland equine welfare.

The figure will amount to about $1.5 million each year and will take effect from January.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission would also make $70,000 available from its Racing Animal Welfare Grants Program for projects that retrain and rehome racehorses after their racing careers have finished.

These include the Standardbred Association of Queensland, the Maryborough Active Riders Club, and the University of Queensland.

The levy will be enacted as the Martin inquiry into horse welfare continues, and Hinchliffe (pictured) said this was just the “beginning of the process that will provide better futures for Queensland’s racehorses”.

“(This) announcement doesn’t in any way preclude any findings that come from the Inquiry and is the first step in a broader Government response to rehoming retired racehorses,” he said.

Queensland’s premier thoroughbred trainer Tony Gollan applauded the announcement, describing it as a necessity.

“I think it’s a great thing,” he said.
“It’s been happening in other states. Victoria just announced a huge welfare fund and it’s important we follow.

“We all saw the 7.30 Report. The industry can’t keep its head buried in the sand and say it’s not happening. It’s time we reinvested to rehome these horses.

“Our stable is a big advocate for it and has been for some time. If that money can make it easier to accomplish that, fantastic.”

Racing Queensland chairman Steve Wilson said the industry had a collective responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of its horses
and that RQ was committed to working alongside QRIC on this issue.
“We will also continue to work closely with Racing Australia and other principal racing authorities to seek Federal Government support for a national traceability register for all horses, which is pivotal to the industry moving forward,” he said.
“We will also advocate for technological improvements to simplify our participants’ ability to comply with the industry’s equine welfare rules, and to ensure that the current access to data is more transparent and robust.”
Ipswich Turf Club chairman Wayne Patch described the levy as good for the industry and one needed to ensure the wellbeing of the athletes of the racing industry.

Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the levy was a welcome announcement as the industry works to improve the welfare of racing animals.

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Despite the well intentioned decision there aren't enough homes for the retirees....... those that are already doing the job will benefit with some better funding but once the horse retires the racing industry has no control over its well being.


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« 2019-Nov-11, 07:59 PM Reply #1879 »
BOOST FOR QLD WINTER CARNIVAL 2YO RACES
Monday 11 November, 2019
Mark Oberhardt AAP

RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell has announced prize money increases for carnival 2yo races.
Racing Queensland hopes to further boost its winter carnival by substantially lifting prize money for its three main two-year-old races.

The $2.25 million Future Champions Series will be aimed directly at securing the best late season two-year-olds from around Australia.

It will be a major part of a push to highlight the importance of the winter carnival with seven Group One winners in the southern spring carnivals this year coming through Brisbane..

The Future races will be the $250,000 Group Two Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on May 9, the $1 million Group Two Sires' Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm on May 23 and the $1 million Group One JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 6.

RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell said the honour roll across the three races included superstars such as The Autumn Sun, Zoustar, Brazen Beau, Press Statement, Sizzling, Darci Brahma, Show A Heart, Mossman, Mahogany, Winning Rupert and Melody Belle.

"In the process, the Future Champions Series will provide more than $1 million in prize money increases including $600,000 for the Sires' Stakes and $400,000 for the J J Atkins," he said.

"The carnival has long been a springboard to stardom for two-year-olds."

Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell welcomed the boost and said it would be a major step in the BRC Sires' Produce Stakes regaining Group One status.

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« 2019-Nov-25, 09:22 AM Reply #1880 »
https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/corporate/about-racing-queensland/notice-of-annual-general-meeting

In accordance with section 27 of the Racing Act 2002 (Qld), the Racing Queensland Board hereby gives notice that it intends to hold its annual meeting at 3:30 PM on Tuesday, 26 November 2019 in the Legends Bar at Eagle Farm Racecourse.

The annual meeting is open to the public.
BRENDAN PARNELL
Chief Executive Officer
 
Official letter can be downloaded here.

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« 2020-Jan-22, 08:39 AM Reply #1881 »
Racing Queensland demands state of coverage improve

MARK OBERHARDT

ON IT: Stirling Hinchliffe.

RACING Queensland has prioritised an improved nationwide television coverage in its negotiations for a new media rights deal.

Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has also urged that whoever wins the media rights provides an increased coverage of Queensland races.

The media rights involve television coverage of Queensland racing, with Sky Channel currently the provider. A decision on a new media deal has to be made by June, with Sky Channel, Racing.com, free-toair, or a combination of all three being considered.

There has been a consensus in Queensland that the local product is playing second fiddle to the secondary NSW meetings, in particular on Sky’s premium channel.

Matters were inflamed last weekend when complaints were made that the Eagle Farm coverage was cut short to accommodate the Tumut meeting in NSW.

An RQ spokesman said the negotiations were mainly twofold.

“As well as being focused on maximising an immediate uplift in direct media rights revenue, a priority is to ensure the distribution and showcasing of Queensland’s racing product is significantly improved with fair and consistent coverage,” he said.

The spokesman said an expanded free-to-air offering, which has presently been restricted to just five days per year, was being sought.

“Over the past decade, there has been a significant change to the global racing and wagering market, with the landscape now markedly different to when the state’s thoroughbred rights were last available,” he added.

Hinchliffe has been keeping abreast of the situation.

“Whoever wins the rights, I am assured it will seek a much fairer deal for coverage of Queensland race meetings,” he said of the new media rights deal.

Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell said the club had fielded many complaints in recent months about the presentation of Queensland races.

Bell said the coverage was one of the main topics in the media rights negotiations.

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« 2020-Jan-22, 10:09 AM Reply #1882 »
Yes great product Queensland Racing !! The only meeting, Today on a Wednesday afternoon  is in Rockhampton. Check out the form of the runners in Race 1. What a pity we can't get more coverage of some of these walking machines. Give us a break !! Queensland Racing gets the coverage it deserves.

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« 2020-Jan-31, 09:45 PM Reply #1883 »
Are they completely brain dead at Racing Queensland ? I notice their only meeting in Queensland next Wednesday is at Kilcoy. They must be joking . Was the Cunnamulla course not available ? In NSW on the same day we go to Randwick/Kensington ; In Victoria we go to Bendigo and even in SA we are on the wonderful new track at Murray Bridge. And people wonder why Queensland Racing is such a complete backwater.

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« 2020-Feb-19, 08:08 AM Reply #1884 »
The NOTES of the AGM of RQ held on 26 November yesterday made it to the website.... I'm guessing only  after some prompting from the Minister's office .

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/getattachment/Corporate/Notice-Of-Annual-General-Meeting/Notes-of-RQ-Annual-Meeting-of-26-November-2019.pdf.aspx?lang=en-AU

Nothing much happened ..no reception and/or confirmation of the Minutes of the previous AGM ......no motions of receiving and adopting the Annual Report and the financial statements ..open to the public but only three devotees in attendance apart from RQ Directors and staff ...and no questions from the floor.....a very sedate affair.

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« 2020-Feb-20, 12:15 PM Reply #1885 »
Maybe I missed it, but I cannot recall anything in the mainstream racing media on Racing NSW revoking the jockey's licence of Bobby El Issa who had a few stints riding (some might say rorting) in Queenland. El Issa's appeal was dismissed a couple of months ago.

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« 2020-Mar-02, 05:58 PM Reply #1886 »
AAP Report Mark Oberhardt
RQ to address stabling shortage
Monday 02 March, 2020
Mark Oberhardt

RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell has announced further plans for the Deagon redevelopment.

Racing Queensland has stepped up its plans to overcome a shortage of stabling in south east Queensland by appointing a town planner for its Deagon Racecourse redevelopment.

Deagon doubles as a training centre as well as housing the headquarters of Racing Queensland.

Most racetracks in the south east are at near capacity for stabling.

It will again be an issue when interstate and New Zealand horses arrive for the winter in late April to early May.

A rejuvenated Deagon, complete with a training centre, is seen as a vital cog in overcoming the problem.

RQ announced it would begin concept master planning at Deagon with a view to establishing a multi-purpose state training centre.

Chief executive Brendan Parnell said the centre was viewed as a key solution to the declining residential stabling numbers in south east Queensland - along with providing a training environment for apprentice jockeys and stablehands - and formed part of a significant reform agenda for RQ designed to support its commercial and strategic objectives.

He said Urbis was appointed its town planner and with Cox Architecture, would assist RQ with its community engagement activities throughout 2020 to ensure the local community and racing participants were able to assist the organisation in understanding stakeholder views and to help shape the master planning.

"We'd like to quadruple the current stable numbers at Deagon, so it's great to see the project advancing," Parnell said.

"The declining stabling numbers in south east Queensland is one of our real challenges and the establishment of a multi-purpose state training centre is viewed as a key solution."
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« 2020-Mar-02, 06:46 PM Reply #1887 »


Amalgamating RacingQueensland with RacingNSW may be an option


Putting aside the contrived (ir)relevance of Gold-Coast 'MM' racing, if racing in Brisbane is to have a future it may best be soon amalgamated with racing in Sydney  -- as is racing in Adelaide now dependent and subordinate to racing in Melbourne.

......... as is, there is no future for racing in Queensland / Brisbane as an independent arena.

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« 2020-Mar-02, 07:16 PM Reply #1888 »


Amalgamating RacingQueensland with RacingNSW may be an option


Putting aside the contrived (ir)relevance of Gold-Coast 'MM' racing, if racing in Brisbane is to have a future it may best be soon amalgamated with racing in Sydney  -- as is racing in Adelaide now dependent and subordinate to racing in Melbourne.

......... as is, there is no future for racing in Queensland / Brisbane as an independent arena.

Don't hold ya breath waiting for anyone to take that comment seriously ......as Darrell from The Castle would say ......"Tell 'im he's dreaming"


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« 2020-Mar-02, 07:35 PM Reply #1889 »

"Tell 'im he's dreaming"

You are likely to be right ......... on disclosed form, for RQL, it is  sadly probable that RQL will try to hold on to a once relevant 'well-past' that is now sadly of no consequence.

There is a lot about Queensland that fits this prognosis.

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« 2020-Mar-02, 08:22 PM Reply #1890 »
Racing Queensland should give their 'benefactor'  "U-Beaut" a dig in the ribs and remind them that there are race meetings on tomorrow, that their competitors have already been betting on for about 5 HOURS  :what:

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« 2020-Mar-16, 09:41 PM Reply #1891 »
Racing Queensland also declares patron free racing
Racing Queensland also declares patron free racing
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7:00PM16 March 2020


Racing Queensland has advised that all TAB and non-TAB meeting across the state will be conducted without patrons until further notice.

Following the Federal Government’s advice that all non-essential, organised gatherings of more than 500 people be cancelled to manage the spread of COVID-19, RQ has confirmed that all future meetings – along with trials and trackwork  – will be limited to key race-day personnel.

Access will be permitted to licenced participants who have a horse or greyhound engaged at the meeting, along with essential club, QRIC and RQ staff; broadcast services; approved accredited media; and associated staff required to conduct racing activities including veterinarians and ambulance services. 

Access will not be permitted to the general public in any code, nor owners or on-course wagering providers.

“We are experiencing a unique and complex situation which requires Racing Queensland to adopt a uniform approach,” RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.

“The health and safety of our 40,000 participants, including those who are employed in the industry, remains our top-priority and we will continue to work with our clubs, QRIC and participants to navigate this period.

“We are mindful of the carnivals we have on the horizon - and the impact that this decision may have on our clubs – but it is important that we restrict on-course access in the short-term to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 and the potential impact to our industry.”

Additionally, access will not be permitted to any key race-day personnel in Queensland that:

    Is suffering from COVID-19 symptoms or is otherwise unwell;
    Has been to a country considered at higher risk of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
    Is subject to self-isolation requirements imposed by the Government; or
    Has been in close contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

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https://www.racenet.com.au/news/racing-queensland-also-declares-patron-free-racing-20200316

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« 2020-Mar-17, 07:36 AM Reply #1892 »
Sadly that is the only decision that could have been made . .

Sadly also, it will see the few on-track patrons who currently regularly attend the provincial midweek TAB's, find other venues and change their habits . . never to return

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« 2020-Mar-17, 08:34 PM Reply #1893 »
Nothing ever changes with the "Brain Deads " who run Racing in Queensland. For many years the Sunshine Coast has been the home of Sunday Racing in Queensland . It is patronized by the best stables and the largely the best jockeys on a wonderful racetrack . Last week the old Sky presenter who runs Racing in Queensland gave us  a meeting near Papua New Guinea in Cairns with 44 runners spread among 7 races . Wasn't that enthralling stuff ! This Sunday I see we are of to the thriving metropolis of Kilcoy. They must be kidding . Fourth rate horses with basically Country jockeys . So excited already !!. The last time , and it will remain so, I went near the joint the "leading bookie " who I think also doubled as the Club President was trying to entice the mob by betting (and I shouldn't use that word ) a board framed to 250 percent.And they wonder why this is a backwater !!

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« 2020-Mar-18, 02:04 PM Reply #1894 »
Well it will be patron free, next Sunday . . and remain so for at least the next six months at least

So bookies will be unemployed

Bookies at provincial TAB's are 'forced' by the tote and the corps. to bet to about 120% or hold zilch . . in fact most have their electronic boards set to the 'official fluctuations' . .  perhaps your 250% calculation may have been a little wide of the mark


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« 2020-Jun-02, 09:39 PM Reply #1895 »
The barrier draw for the Stradbroke was shown live this evening Peter Chadwick chief steward picking numbers at random for the horse whose name was announced and colours shown on the screen behind MC Michael Maxworthy while a metre or two away steward  Daniel Aurirch was pressing a button on a machine which determined the barrier drawn  the number was shown to the assembled and those of us in the lounge watching on TV................. the numbers were mainly indecipherable very small nothing like the size of the horse numbers.... it looked to me at times that chief steward Chadwick was not looking at the marble as he was bending down putting the already drawn numbers in a container on the floor.... the favourite fared badly drawing an outside barrier although only 18 can start so will come in but its price has lengthened slightly.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/2020-stradbroke-handicap-field-20200602

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« 2020-Jun-02, 10:44 PM Reply #1896 »



......... nothing about Queensland, or Queensland racing, surprises me .. very wary of anything QLD.

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« 2020-Jun-08, 10:46 AM Reply #1897 »
On Friday 5th June Qld Health has issued another directive relaxing restrictions on gatherings of 20 persons in defined areas the golf club has on my reckoning at least 4 such areas if the Board decided it would be economical to open the clubhouse under these conditions...................... the rule for only one person to ride in a golf cart has been abolished so it's back to what it was before COVID-19 .....................at this stage Racing is listed to be under consideration with RQ although I can't see why the major racetracks at Doomben and Eagle Farm couldn't operate under the 20 person rule as there are ample discrete areas which would comply with the social distancing rules.... I haven't been to Albion Park for years so I'm not familiar with the set up there but you would think there should be an opportunity to admit restricted numbers of patrons...local TAB agencies have reopened which will benefit those who frequent them......so with that  I suppose it's up to RQ to present their case to QH .....................until then it's a waiting game.

https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/approved-industry-covid-safe-plans

https://cdn.revolutionise.com.au/cups/golfqld/files/yxkqhdyk93dslzcj.pdf

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« 2020-Jun-18, 05:45 PM Reply #1898 »
Question Time Today in State Parliament

Regional Queensland, Racing Industry

Mr BROWN: My question is of the Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs.
Will the minister update the House on the latest funding package for country racing clubs, and is he aware of any alternative approaches?

Mr HINCHLIFFE:  I  thank  the  member  for  Capalaba  for  the  question.  I  note  his  enthusiasm  for  country racing and the racing industry more broadly, particularly with the terrific Capalaba Greyhound Racing Club in the heart of his electorate. I  am  pleased  to  inform  the  House  that  we  are  announcing  the  next  round  of  country  racing  infrastructure, a further $2.6 million boost, for 32 race clubs in rural and regional Queensland.

This is part of the Palaszczuk government's $70.4 million country racing package, which keeps racing alive in the bush. There is no doubt that race clubs play a vital role in our smaller towns and communities. They are a place of gathering, of celebration and of fun. I know the industry has been extremely grateful that it has been able to continue throughout the pandemic.

I also know industry participants are chomping at the bit to get patrons back through the gates, and a COVID-safe business plan is being finalised to allow punters back on the track. During this time racing has been held safely across the state supporting participant incomes and jobs. Speaking of jobs, this round of funding will support or create about a hundred jobs. Projects funded as  part  of  this  round  include  $375,000  for  a  new  stewards  tower  and  jockey  room  and  swab  stall upgrades at the Mount Isa Race Club, $175,000 for the first stage of an irrigation upgrade at the Towers Jockey Club and $65,000 for a tower replacement at the Nanango Race Club.

 Speaking of Nanango, I would  be  playing  it  safe  by  not  putting  a  bet  on  the  No. 1  starter  Deb  ‘I'm  Not  Going  Anywhere'  Frecklington. It is too hard to see—

Mr SPEAKER: Minister, correct titles will be used in this chamber.

 Mr HINCHLIFFE: Thank  you  for  your  guidance,  Mr Speaker. The  smart  money  will  be  on  Clive  ‘Human Rights Campaigner' Palmer with the ‘Backroom Boys' coming a very close second. I do digress.

This round of the country racing package sees 50 projects being approved for clubs across the state. Country racing, as I say, is a very important part of economic recovery. With the major plans announced in the past few weeks, I think we can see that playing an important role in the uniting and recovery that we will see in this state.

 The reality is that country racing might be small, but it is very mighty in terms of  its  impact,  the  way  it  brings  community  together  and  the  way  in  which  it  will  encourage  that  emergence and response. It is a great example, a great analogy, for the way in which Queensland will unite and recover.

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A Dorothy Dixer from the Hon member for Capalaba to his near neighbour the Hon member for Sandgate.

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« 2020-Jun-18, 08:47 PM Reply #1899 »


In Australia, 'nonsense' starts odds-on in any racing policy race

.........  policy races in Queensland are clearly 'more stupid' than elsewhere as usual, but the fundamental flaw is 'national'.

The 'spending' of most money raised from the taxation of 'racing' is ear-marked for the funding of racing.. ....and too much of that 'most' is misused to prop up racing in rural electorates.

This is 'sports rorts' writ large ............. bar the exception that both parties are committed.

........and no one says a word ...they dare not!






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