Napthine Must Get On With The Job Of Implementing Perna Reforms

Victorian Racing Minister Denis Napthine must accept and implement Racing Integrity Commissioner Sal Perna’s integrity recommendations without further delay, Shadow Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula said today.

Shadow Racing Minister Martin Pakula said that Mr Perna’s recommendations, in many respects, mirrored the reforms that Labor committed to in September 2012.

“Unless he can provide a compelling reason to reject any of Mr Perna’s recommendations, Dr Napthine needs to stop procrastinating, get off the fence, and accept the advice of the Racing Integrity Commissioner.”

“Dr Napthine ‘ummed’ and ‘ahhed’ his way through one Spring Carnival, and if he doesn’t get a move on, the next Spring Carnival will come and go without any action from him.

“It’s little wonder he was dubbed ‘the mascot Minister’ last year,” Mr Pakula said.

Mr Pakula said that it should be the priority of any Victorian government to keep racing clean, backed up by the power to ‘warn off’ unlicensed persons in the industry where appropriate.

“If Dr Napthine is serious about stamping out corruption in Victoria’s racing industry he won’t allow another racing season to come and go without reform being implemented.

According to Racing Victoria’s CEO, Bernard Saundry:

“There is no room for cheats in the sport, anyone who does anything to compromise the integrity of our sport to be brought to account and penalised.” (December 3, 2012).

Mr Pakula said that Victorian Racing industry employs thousands of Victorians, is a huge driver of tourism and injects millions of dollars into the Victorian economy.

“Dr Napthine clearly needs to take important issues such as stamping out of corruption within his own portfolio more seriously,” he said.

“It is vitally important that the Baillieu Government immediately outline to Victorians its position on adopting these key integrity recommendations.

“Dr Napthine just needs to get on with job for the sake of racing in this state.”