With the election drawing near we thought it would be approiate to give all the major political parties an opportunity to enlighten us with their vision for the racing industry.
First up are the GREENS:
Green Party response:
While racing is not an issue on which the Green Party has a particularly high profile, we recognise very clearly the key role the racing industry plays in our national economy and in our local communities through job creation in breeding, local and export sales, training and, of course, racing itself.
The Greens believe any Government assistance should go towards those parts of the industry which are struggling to survive, and not to those which are already fantastically successful.
The Greens believe that in supporting the racing industry, Government should:
- Require some of the substantial funds held by the Racing Board be released to meet the needs of racing in a fair and equitable manner before the taxpayer is called on to subsidise the industry.
- Stop the practice of funds from non-casino gaming machine gambling going towards premier race stakes, and divert such funding to the development of racing infrastructure, particularly to support struggling and rural racing clubs.
- Amend the Racing Act to ensure that the New Zealand Racing Board exhibits a sense of social responsibility with regard to all the communities in which racing takes place.
From the office of Denise Roche MP
Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand