Race strike threat lifts

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

THREATS of strike ac­tion 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 a new bet­ting tax.

An al­liance of var­i­ous rac­ing bodies, in­clud­ing jock­eys, train­ers and thor­ough­bred breed­ers, is call­ing for a part of the gov­ern­ment’s new Point of Con­sump­tion tax to be given to the rac­ing in­dus­try.

Af­ter a two-hour meet­ing with the gov­ern­ment on Tues­day, the in­dus­try group an­nounced yes­ter­day it had put strike plans on hold.

Cameron Part­ing­ton from the Aus­tralian Train­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Queens­land said strike ac­tion was not off the ta­ble and was de­pen­dant en­tirely on a 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.

Deput Premier Jackie Trad wel­comed the com­pro­mise.

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