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The Tasmanian Greens today called for the Racing Minister, Bryan Green, to heed the call by the representatives of the Racing Industry to suspend the operation of the Tasracing Board to allow for a review and assessment of the industry.

Greens Racing spokesperson Kim Booth MP said he was disappointed that Minister Green had not seen fit to even acknowledge the range or veracity of concerns raised in the motion unanimously passed by a pubic meeting of industry players.

“A public meeting of approximately 120 racing industry representatives unanimously passed a motion calling for the suspension of the Tasracing Board, with the Director of Racing to act in an administrative capacity on day to day matters, while a review and assessment of the industry is undertaken,” Mr Booth said.

“Industry representatives have outlined a range of serious concerns regarding the history or industry restructure and financing promises, going back to 2008, many of which were not delivered. They now feel that there is a case to answer that those decisions, and delivery failures, are having a detrimental impact upon the industry’s viability.”

“It will come as a bitter disappointment to those who attended the meeting that the Racing Minister clearly does not intend to take this call seriously.”

“I put this simple question to Minister Green during Parliamentary Question Time, and was surprised at his defensive and unco-operative response.”

“On behalf of the meeting’s participants I will seek to have the matters raised in the successful motion referred to the House of Assembly Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into the Role and Future Viability of Tote Tasmania,” Mr Booth said.