Controversy surrounds the State Government legislation.
Controversy surrounds the State Government legislation. Tony Phillips

New laws put race clubs at risk

THE Queensland Liberal National Party has promised to immediately dismantle what it claims to be “flawed and undemocratic” legislation set to directly impact racing in Queensland.

Chairman of the Brisbane Racing Club, Kevin Dixon, spoke out against the State Government’s new legislation last month, saying it would be the death knell for communities throughout Queensland.

The new legislation hands what Dixon describes as “absolute power” to Racing Queensland.

“History tells us that absolute power breeds absolute corruption,” Dixon said.

“Mark my words, clubs which are at the heartbeat of communities will fold through fund starvation if they don’t adhere to the draconian wishes of Racing Queensland.”

Dixon expanded on his outrage at the changes to racing in Queensland by saying the Bligh Government ignored its own Scrutiny of Legislation Committee report last month.

“Even the Government’s own Scrutiny of Legislation Committee report this week highlighted flaw after flaw in the new legislation and clearly states that it will impact the rights of individuals, employees and current clubs,” he said.

Despite the criticism, Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slater said he felt the Brisbane Racing Club was “unduly concerned” following discussion with the Gympie club.

“We have always felt Queensland Racing has acted in the best interests of the industry in Queensland,” he said.

“The Gympie Turf Club has directly benefited from changes brought about by Queensland Racing in recent times.”

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