Bentley responds to Collier’s comments
Queensland Racing Limited’s (QRL) Chairman, Mr Bob Bentley, today responded to comments by the Brisbane Turf Club (BTC) Chairperson, Ms Mary Collier, in a Media Release and in a letter dated December 13, 2007, to the members of the BTC.
Collier outlined in her Media Release that she had written to Premier Anna Bligh and the Racing Minister, Hon. Andrew Fraser, seeking their help to ensure the impartiality of the racing industry regulator.
Further, Collier outlined that she had written to the membership of the BTC assuring members that the BTC Board had conducted its business in a professional manner and made its decision acting in accordance with the best possible legal advice it could obtain.
“The legal advice received by QRL is in conflict with the advice received by the BTC Board,” Mr Bentley said.
“Clearly the BTC Board has taken a course of action that has suited itself in support of its anti-merger campaign.”
Bentley today, again, pointed to the fact that a strong majority of the BTC membership voted to amalgamate with the Queensland Turf Club (QTC).
“Neither Chairperson, Collier, nor her band of merry men can ignore the fact that 72% of members that voted on the amalgamation issue wanted the merger to occur,” Bentley said.
“This should in itself sends a clear message to Chairperson, Collier.”
In addition to the concerns that QRL has in relation to the conduct of proceedings as they relate to the purported vote to amalgamate with the QTC, Bentley again pointed to the strong majority of BTC members that voted to amalgamate with the QTC.
“When the strong majority of the BTC is combined with the outcome at the QTC in relation to the amalgamation, 85% of the combined membership of both the BTC and the QTC want this straightforward, sensible, much needed amalgamation, to occur,” Mr Bentley said.
Bentley challenged Collier that when taking time out to write to the Premier and the Treasurer of Queensland, that she should also include these facts so that both Hon. Anna Bligh, MP, and the Hon. Andrew Fraser, MP, are provided with the opportunity to consider the real merits of this issue and not a legally sanitised version to suit her needs as a member of a minority group.
For further information please contact QRL Chairman, Mr Bob Bentley, 0419 964 210