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7The Independent Weekly
October 30 - November 5, 2009
punter and the bad bet
told investors his company was
"expecting continued market
Government attempts to revive
the dying golden goose have been
one step behind the emerging and
expanding online industry.
Jim Watters, chief executive of
South Australia's racing industry
controlling body, the Thoroughbred
Racing SA (TRSA), says it's a battle
where the rules change on an
almost monthly basis.
"Legislation was passed in late
2008 where the SA Government
could charge a tax on people who
bet on SA racing, regardless of
where those bets are placed," Mr
Watters said. "But we are loathe
to suggest that there will be no
challenge to those laws."
And that's the problem for the
industry and all those who rely on
the money it generates.
When a UK-based company
called Betfair turned up on the
internet five years ago, SA Racing
Minister Michael Wright was
adamant it wouldn't be allowed to
bet on SA races.
On November 25, 2005, Mr
Wright issued a statement saying:
"Betfair and any other betting
exchange has the potential to
cause irreparable damage to the
racing industry. Our concerns
range from probity issues to the
potential for criminal activity."
Four years on and the
Government has endorsed an
agreement between local authori-
ties and Betfair.
The reason state governments
found themselves at the table
with the enemy came in the form
of a high court case in 2008 that
has turned the business on its
head. Betfair had opened a local
Australian operation in Tasmania
and was betting with Australian
clients on Australian races. The
only taxes paid were a small sum to
the Tasmanian Government.
Money that was normally
wagered at the SA TAB was
heading across Bass Strait, as
was the Government's right to
take a slice of it. An attempt by
the WA Government to charge
Betfair a fee to carry bets on WA
races was thrown out under s92
of the Australian Constitution on
the ground of freedom of trade
between the states.
Then it got even messier.
New South Wales reacted to the
High Court decision by introduc-
ing laws to charge a product fee
for race field information on NSW
races. WA did the same.
The problem with that concept
was that while it raised revenue
from corporate and internet
betting operations who fielded on
NSW races, it also meant a similar
fee had to be made on interstate
TABs which bet on NSW races.
As a result an invoice landed on
the South Australian TAB's desk
for $123,000. It wasn't long before
the bean counters worked out that
the bill was going to get bigger if
other states joined in the business
of charging product fees.
Laws were rushed into state
parliament in November 2008,
retrospective to September 2008,
to allow South Australia to charge
a tax on people running betting
operations on SA races.
Locally, the Labor Government's
Upper House spokeswoman on
the Statutes Amendment (Betting
Operations) Bill, Carmel Zollo,
told parliament the invoices could
get as high as $9 million.
When she was asked how much
SA could expect in return for
people betting services on our
races, the answer was uncertain.
"The advice we have from the
industry is that this will result in
a marginally positive outcome for
South Australia," Ms Zollo said.
But there was no detail to back
up the claim.
Liberal Party racing spokesman
Terry Stephens warned the
proposed laws would almost
certainly require further amend-
ment because the bookies were
armed with a huge fighting fund to
challenge legislation that reduced
their business's profitability.
By early 2009 invoices were flying
across the country in a bureaucratic
frenzy and as predicted the local
legislation was back in parliament
for another amendment, this one
called the "Authorised Betting
Operations (Trade Practices
Exemption) Bill 2009".
Meanwhile, Betfair and a
company called Sportsbet were
soon back in the courts challeng-
ing the NSW legislation.
South Australia has its fingers
crossed that its laws, slightly
different to the NSW model, will
hold water. But as Jim Watters
explains, there are no guarantees.
"We would be loathe to say there
will be no challenge to our laws,"
he said this week. "We have been
told by a couple of agencies that
they may challenge our legislation
depending on the outcome in
But the former New Zealander
sees a new future for racing
revenue that escapes the reliance
on taxes, fees and an intricate web
of laws that might not last the
"In New Zealand, racing
clubs are now driving as much
revenue from the business of
hospitality and catering at
major race days as they do from
And as the first Tuesday in
November 2009 approaches, no
one can be certain how much
revenue they will have to run
racing in the next few years, let
alone the longer term.
Bart Cummings, the one
constant in this 40-year period
of upheaval has been arguing
for years that racing's biggest
mistake was giving away the
right to make money from its
own product -- horse racing.
"The day when governments
were allowed to control the
purse strings through owner-
ship of TABs was the day we lost
control of our own industry," he
told a gathering several years
ago at the Darwin Cup.
In a tangled web of internet
and corporate bookies,
administrative bodies and
ever-changing government laws
it is impossible to predict where
political imperatives, financial
bottom lines and bureaucratic
complexity will take this
It's maybe the reason why
Bart says he prefers the
company of horses to people.
● Racing began in South
Australia in 1838 and was
run by the Turf Club of SA.
● Tote betting began on
course in 1879, but all
forms of betting were
outlawed in 1885.
gambling, the Adelaide Cup
of 1885 was actually run at
Flemington in Melbourne,
because entries had
already been taken.
● In 1889 the ban was
lifted; 40 years later radio
broadcasts of racing began
and by 1942 there were
345 registered and licensed
● In 1967, the Government
introduced the TAB and for
the first time punters could
legally have a bet without
going to the race track. But
bets closed 25 minutes
before the race.
● Betting up to the start
of the race was phased in
during the 1980s and in
1987 satellite TV brought
Sky Channel and live racing
into hotels and clubs.
● In 2009 the state's
premier racing club, the
SAJC, sold Cheltenham
to overcome financial
● Two years earlier, Victoria
Park had closed down.
New era: Glen Boss kisses trainer Bart
Cummings after So You Think won the Cox Plate
Photo: Vince Caligiuri
The day when governments were allowed
to control the purse strings was the day we lost
control of our own industry
-- Bart Cummings
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