Race strike threat lifts
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.