Qld racing strike plan put on hold
THREATS of a strike by the Queensland racing industry on Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate Days have eased, but the industry is warning it still wants a resolution to its dispute with the State Government over the new betting tax.
An alliance of racing bodies including jockeys, trainers and breeders is calling for a part of the Government’s new Point of Consumption tax to be given to the racing industry.
Following a two-hour meeting with the Government on Tuesday, the industry group announced yesterday it had put strike plans on hold.
“We feel this provides the best atmosphere to obtain the most beneficial result to our financially challenged racing industry,” Cameron Partington from the Australian Trainers Association Queensland said in a statement.
The Government welcomed the move, with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad saying it was in the best interests of all stakeholders.
However Mr Partington clarified strike action was not off the table, and was dependant entirely on the new deal the Government came up with.
The tax would see betting houses with headquarters overseas or interstate forced to pay 15 per cent tax on all bets placed in Queensland.