Those of us with a lengthy history in greyhound racing know the battle to receive a fair cut of the revenue, split among the three codes in New South Wales, is not a new one.
Today we take a look at an article published in the National Greyhound News, in June of 1979. It showcases the historical struggle greyhound racing has faced in the state.
Without a doubt our campaign for a fair share contributed to the ban and subsequent re-instatement of greyhound racing in NSW, and remains one of the biggest issues confronting the sport in 2016 and beyond.
The recent “tax parity” agreements disproportionately favoured Racing NSW and thoroughbred racing at the expense of the greyhound industry. It also laid the platform for Racing NSW to announce massive increases in prize money with their obscene splurge surrounding The Championships carnival.
Contrastingly, greyhound racing is still yet to receive a single cent of the “tax parity” reforms; and the code has been battling for air amidst a sea of attacks from “bleeding heart lefties”, Mike Baird’s Liberal government, Troy Grants disastrous National party, and from the unrepresentative swill that is the Animal Justice Party’s representative in the NSW Upper House.
Below is a news article from the year 1979. It shows just how long greyhound folk have been fighting against the odds. We suspect the fight has been going for much longer than the 37 years since the publication of this article.
NSW Greyhound Racing Board submission to Govt for fair TAB distributions
The NSW Greyhound Racing Control Board and the Trotting Authority of NSW have made a joint submission to the State Government, seeking an amendment to the Totalizator Agency Board’s Scheme of Distribution, so as to provide a fairer and more equitable share of the “Interstate Pool”.
It is understood that the submission has been referred to the Totalizator Agency Board and is presently under consideration by that body.
The proposals contained in the submission, if adopted, would effectively alleviate the disparities which at present exist in greyhound, trotting and galloping industries in regards to prizemoney and the provision of facilities .
The practice of distributing TAB surpluses derived from interstate meetings on the basis of the respective off-course turn overs for galloping, trotting and greyhound racing, weighs greatly in favour of the galloping interests and consequently is very much to the detriment of the greyhound and trotting industries.
Racing clubs in this State make no financial contribution towards meetings covered by the Totalizator Agency Board outside of NSW yet the bulk of surpluses derived from such betting is allocated to galloping clubs, purely because they represent the particular type of racing on which the TAB provides greatest coverage outside of NSW.
As a result. since 1973/74, and not including those major increases recently announced by the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club, the galloping clubs have been in the fortunate position of being able to increase prizemoney by an overall 65 percent. This compares to increases of only 45 percent and 17 percent in respect of trotting and greyhound clubs respectively.
In fact in 1977/78 greyhound racing clubs found it necessary to reduce prizemoney by just on 3 percent over that provided in 1976/77.
Moreover, trotting and greyhound racing clubs, in order to maintain what might be considered minimum returns to participants in their industries, have found it necessary on an the average over the past three years to provide approximately 31 per cent and 19 percent respectively of prizemoney paid from sources other than TAB distributions. In contrast galloping clubs, notwithstanding their ability to substantially increase prizemoney over the years, have only found it necessary to supplement their prizemoney commitment from sources over and above TAB monies by an average of approximately 7 percent each year.
Mr Ken Brown, Chairman of the Greyhound Racing Control Board; stated that the submission was based on fair and realistic terms and that hopefully it would receive favourable consideration.
“The proposals of the two authorities, whilst looking to protect and enhance the interests of both the participants and the public which support greyhound racing and trotting, would at the same time not severely affect the galloping industry. In fact, the proposals provide for a rational growth and expansion of all three forms of racing.”