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MEDIA RELEASE Hon Bob Katter MP Member for Kennedy CANCELLED RACES ‘NOT ON’ 24 October, 2007 Member for Kennedy Bob Katter said it has been reported to us that one or more senior officials in very powerful positions have a conflict of interest in so far as their influence has been used to close down race days in country Queensland for the benefit of the TAB, allegations which we are investigating have been made to us that they are a shareholder of the TAB.

This would be a most clear cut and very serious conflict of interest.

“This is a matter which must be dealt with at the highest level and we are reporting the matter to the Crime and Misconduct Commission and ASIC,” Mr Katter said.

“Clearly these people and some of their friends have every intention of closing the vast bulk of country racing - the heartland of the Australian racing industry - its nursery.

Mr Katter said we have had lengthy discussions with senior officials at Queensland Racing and it is quite clear that we have the same government arrogance - tainted in this case maybe by self-interest.

“In the health industry many died as a result of this type of arrogance and intransigence, similarly with council amalgamations, water and electricity services or, more accurately, non-services.”

Mr Katter said he and others will be pursuing this matter with aggression.

“We are submitting a Question On Notice along these lines to the Federal Minister and we are confident we will secure agreement this matter will be investigated.

“The Mount Isa Melbourne Cup, one of the biggest events on their racing calendar, and the Richmond Melbourne Cup, which is their biggest annual event, has been cancelled by Queensland Racing, along with the Charters Towers Amateurs which attracts some three and a half thousand people and the Innisfail Amateurs relegated from Saturday to a week day.

“An industry that once produced champion thoroughbreds is now producing a milking cow for the Queensland Government or just maybe individuals personally?”