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Queensland Racing Limited Declines To Take Action Over EI

Monday, 7th July 2008

Bob Bentley, chairman of Queensland Racing Limited (QRL), announced that the control body for racing in that State, "would not be a party to, or initiate, any Class Action against the Federal Government in relation to the outbreak of EI following the release of the Callinan Inquiry report." Bentley justified the stance by the Board of QRL by noting: "Given the Federal Government's significant contribution of more than $342 million to both New South Wales and Queensland in response to the disease, QRL will not join or pursue any litigation against the Federal Government at this stage. Our position on an EI Class Action stems from the Federal Government's considerable contribution to the industry and from the Rudd Government's confirmation that it will not levy the horse industry to repay its share of the costs of eradicating EI.

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