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Racing Victoria Chief Calls For Greater Powers
In the aftermath of last night’s damning Four Corners report on ABC TV, Racing Victoria chief executive Rob Hines today “called for the statutory authority to be given greater powers to weed out race fixers and wrong doers,” according to theage.com.au. Saying he was unconcerned by whoever’s names “were uncovered in the investigations into alleged race fixing” Hines stated “that the $4 million a year RVL spent on its integrity services budget ensured that the industry was overwhelmingly straight,” but also urged “the industry to develop closer relations with the police and declared that transparency and the full pursuit of probity issues were in the interests of all concerned in the multi-billion-dollar sector”. Noting that RVL had no ability “to take action against unlicensed personnel”, Hines commented: "The more we do to root out these issues the better the sport will be, rather than try to push it under the carpet or not talk about it. We have to get on top of it. We do welcome the Victoria Police renewed focus on this. We have been collaborating on this particular investigation for a number of months.” Reacting to any suggestion that more than one race was under investigation, Hines said, "We do not believe there is endemic corruption in the sport. That would be very damaging for racing, and the message we want to get out to people is that over 4,000 races a year this is one race and a small group of people trying to take advantage."