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New Powers To Combat Corruption
Statutory amendments introduced by the Victorian parliament this week will grant Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna greater powers to compel industry stakeholders, such as jockeys, trainers & owners, to cooperate with investigations, reports heraldsun.com.au. The legislative changes are a result of reports submitted by Mr Perna and his investigation of the Damien Oliver inquiry that identified deficiencies in fighting corruption in the sport. Key changes to the Racing Act 1958 will affect both Racing Victoria Limited and Mr Perna. The amendments will also affect non-licenced people, such as race analysts and professional punters. Mr Perna commented: "This government has been very supportive and this is an indication of that,'' he said. "It's a boost to integrity in racing and it addresses the deficiencies I identified in my reports." Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said the changes were essential to fighting corruption in the $2 billion industry. "Victoria has the best racing in Australia but there is always a need to keep ahead of the game and maintain strong safeguards against corruption," Dr Napthine said. "All people participating in racing whether licensed or non-licensed will now need to adhere to rules of racing or otherwise be subject to penalties such as exclusion from racing."