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BRC Declares New Laws "Death Knell" For Qld Racing

Monday, 24th May 2010

The Brisbane Racing Club issued a provocative statement declaring new racing laws from the Queensland Parliament are "a death knell" for thoroughbred communities across the state. The statement noted that "since this legislation was introduced into State Parliament, the BRC has time & again called on Minister Peter Lawlor to consult with more stake-holders than those hand-picked to sit on the new Board Of Racing Queensland". BRC chairman Kevin Dixon asserted: "There has been no consultation with racing clubs or industry participants, the new law has no accountability & there is no compensation. This is not a fight from the Brisbane Racing Club - thousands of people throughout Queensland are up in arms. Even the Government's own Scrutiny Of Legislation Committee report (last week) highlighted flaw after flaw in the new legislations & clearly states that it will impact the rights of individuals, employees & current clubs. Mark my words, clubs which are at the heart beat of communities will fold through fund starvation, if they don't adhere to the draconian wishes of Racing Queensland. With Minister Lawlor now wiping his hands of the racing industry, who can thoroughbred clubs turn to? The total Queensland racing industry & the enormous amount of economic turnover it creates, its assets & its thousands of jobs, should not be controlled by a small unaccountable body who from time-to-time inhabits Deagon & reports to no one. History tells us that absolute power breeds absolute corruption. This new law gifts absolute power." The BRC also provocatively "welcomed the announcement that the Liberal National Party if elected, will immediately dismantle this flawed & undemocratic legislation & put control of racing back into the hands of industry participants for the betterment & development of a fruitful racing industry into Queensland's future".

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