Labor misses the start on fixing integrity issues

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LNP Shadow Minister for Racing, John-Paul Langbroek has taken aim at Labor’s go-slow attitude towards making vital changes to the Racing Integrity Act, saying that the delays are tarnishing the industry and its reputation.

“The fact that an experienced trainer has said integrity issues are at the worst he’s ever seen is a tell-tale sign that Labor can no longer be trusted with the racing portfolio,” Mr Langbroek said.

“It’s no secret that the racing community is rightly frustrated by the lack of action to ensure that participants are operating on an even playing field.

“When it comes to racing integrity, Queensland’s system trails that of New South Wales and Victoria, despite the fact that Labor spends significantly more taxpayer dollars to prop up the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC).

“Labor’s hand-off and dismissive attitude shows that the racing community can’t bet on the Labor Government to improve integrity in the industry.

“Justice delayed is justice denied, but it’s clear that Labor has no intention of ensuring that cases are heard within a reasonable timeframe.

“Blaming COVID-19 for the delay in recommendations that should have been implemented months ago is an insult to the industry, and a cop out from a Labor Minister who couldn’t care less about racing.

“The Commissioner’s response in Sunday’s Racenet interview shows that there’s no intention of QRIC shifting their attitude either.

“The only way to bring back integrity in racing is by voting in a Frecklington LNP Government in October – that’s the only sure bet.”

 
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