Qld rac­ing strike plan put on hold

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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.

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