Racing Participants Show of Support

Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association President, Basil Nolan would like to thank owners and trainers for rallying together to support this Saturday's strike action at Doomben, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Townsville.

At the close of nominations yesterday, only two trainers had nominted for any of those races and one of those trainers is from New South Wales, so it's ulikely he was aware of the action.

"This is a fantastic response and will hopefully send a clear message to the State Government," said TBQA President Basil Nolan.

"If we can hit the Government where it hurts, in their pocket, maybe they will finally acknowledge the importance and value of racing to the economy."

While it is difficult to put an exact figure on how much the Government will lose as a result of this strike, Mr Nolan said it will be quite substantial.

He hopes that the Racing Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe and Treasurer, Jackie Trad will come back to the table to resolve the 15% Point of Consumption tax distribution and reinvestment into the racing industry.

Queensland racing indsutry participants would like the State Government to return a significant percentage of the tax, which is expected to generate $70 million dollars a year, back to the racing industry for prizemoney, just like NSW, Victoria and SA does.

If the matter is not resolved in the coming fortnight further strike action is planned for Tuesday, 6 November - Melbourne Cup Day.

Mr Nolan is bewildered by the State Government's lack of support of racing, especially when all other Government's acknowledge its significance.

Last night MPs from all sides of Federal politics gathered at Parliament House in Canberra to rally behind the industry in an event organised by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison declared horse racing a crucial part of Australian culture.

“It is a fair dinkum, very serious business and industry,” Mr Morrison said.

“It is one that provides significant economic and employment opportunities especially for rural and regional Australia.”

He said racing was synonymous with the identity of Australians, pledging to help ensure it remained a crucial part of the country’s fabric with ongoing drought support.

“This is a very big deal when it comes to the livelihoods and lifestyle of Australians,” the Prime Minister said.

Mr Nolan used the event as an opportunity to discuss Queensland's plight with the Federal MPs in the hope that they may be able to put some pressure on the State Government.