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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Greens Continue Hate Campaign Against Racing Industry - Jim Cox, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Greens Continue Hate Campaign Against Racing Industry - Jim Cox, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Racing Minister Jim Cox says the Greens are getting increasingly desperate to throw a dampener over the racing industry in the advent of the betting exchange decision.

"This is nowhere clearer than in today's ignorant rant from Kim Booth about workers compensation.

"Mr Booth is obviously disappointed that the jockeys' workers comp issue, he had so assiduously tried to inflame, was resolved on Devonport Cup day.

"The facts are the industry and jockeys with their union on that day agreed to an interim deal while negotiations are continued to come up with a workable package to include jockeys in workers compensation.

"Not to be outdone, Mr Booth now deliberately tries to confuse pacing drivers with jockeys.

"They are different sports and different people.

"Harness racing drivers (pacing) have not been part of recent debate over workers' compensation because they are generally satisfied with a national insurance cover negotiated for all participants in the sport by the Australian Harness Racing Council."

Mr Cox said what Mr Booth's latest devious attempt at spoiling the party was about was his hatred of the racing industry overall.

"He's never had anything positive to say about the industry which is vital to the State economy through its direct and indirect employment of more than 10,000 people.

"The State Government's decision to approve the licensing of betting exchanges has the industry poised at the dawn of a new era.

"That was widely recognised at the Devonport Cup and again at the North East Pacing Cup at Scottsdale last night, with both events enjoying record crowds.

"Mr Booth has proved himself so useful to racing he'd be best thrown out with last week's stable straw."


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