Sharp criticism from Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington of the Government’s refusal to enforce a minimum bet limit for corporate bookmakers which she believes will kill country bookies and impact across the racing scene in regional areas.
Ms Frecklington says the ‘no minimum’ move means there’s an uneven playing field in Queensland.
“We’ve heard a lot of discussion about the introduction of a minimum bet limit in Queensland but it seems the Labor Government and Racing Queensland have kicked that into the too hard basket.”
“Unlike the major racing states of Victoria and New South Wales, Queensland will continue to have an uneven playing field, which is bad news for punters and the Queensland industry as a whole.”
“At the same time, Labor is reducing the fees corporate bookies have to pay and undermining the entire funding model for the Queensland racing industry.”
Ms Frecklington says the racing industry supports up to 30,000 direct and indirect jobs, generates $3.5 billion in wagering turnover that injected over $200 million back into the racing industry in 2015/16.
“Labor’s policies will make it unviable for country bookies to operate and without them, there is no country racing.
“This is a decision that will cost jobs, force punters interstate and funnel money out of the Queensland racing industry.”