Statement On The 2014 Ballarat Pacing Cup

The Andrews Labor Government has received Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna’s report on his special inquiry into the 2014 Ballarat Pacing Cup and late scratching of six out of 10 horses.

The report has also been provided to Harness Racing Victoria, who have accepted Mr Perna’s recommendations and are working with him towards implementing them.

Mr Perna has made one recommendation to the Government, which involves the establishment of an independent body with responsibility for integrity across the three racing codes, removing it from the controlling bodies.

As Minister for Racing, I have made it clear that I believe Victorian racing needs a modern governance structure – one that puts integrity front and centre and avoids conflict of interest.

However, I will await the findings of Mr Perna’s investigation into the greyhound industry, as well as Racing Victoria’s investigations into the use of cobalt, before making a judgement about the integrity structures of all three codes.