Racing industry support con exposed

Tasmanian Labor
  • Liberals shut down racing industry
  • Claim of additional support exposed
  • No new money
  • The hapless Minister for
    Racing, Jane Howlett, has finally confirmed that no additional support was
    provided to the racing industry, despite the Government’s decision to shut down
    the industry for months.

    Tasmania was the only State
    in the country to shut down racing completely in response to COVID-19.

    Labor Shadow Minister for
    Racing, David O’Byrne, said the Liberals had repeatedly claimed to have
    delivered a multi-million dollar support package to the industry.

    “Jane Howlett finally
    confirmed in Budget Estimates hearings today that this was not new money, it
    came from TasRacing’s existing budget,” Mr O’Byrne said.

    “The Budget papers left the
    Minister with nowhere to hide.

    “Not a single cent of
    additional support has been provided to the racing industry, despite the
    devastating impact of the shutdown.

    “It was always a cruel hoax
    to claim the Government was supporting the industry during the shutdown, and
    today that hoax has been exposed.”

    David O’Byrne, MP

    Shadow Minister for Racing

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