Right Way to Stop the Reformers.: How the Racing People of Victoria Expressed Disapproval of a Proposed Bill., Daily Racing Form, 1907-01-23


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RIGHT WAY TO STOP THE REFORMERS. How the Racinq People of Victoria Expressed Disapproval of a Proposed Bill. "They are having trouble in Victoria with e gaming suppression bill," says "Vigilant" In the . London Sportsman, "but the coloala] voter la a aome-win. i nunc rigorooa sportsman than you find in the . effete old country, and aa practically everybody in i Australia sad New Zealand is Interested in racing, politician who attempt to give legislative effect l to aati-gambllng fads are liable to be aBowed short I shrift whenever :in election occora =i 1 1 1 affords an i opportunity foe punishing tbem. However, this gaining BUppreaaiOB 1 • i 1 1 has proved I so far serious that the committee of the Victoria i Baring Crab though ii aeeeaaary to invite the mem beta oi the Victoria Baciag Club, Victoria Aaiateur Turf Crab, Wllllaaaatown Baciag Ctab, Victorian n Owner a and Trainers Aaeoriatlon, Melbonrne Hunt Club. Iindon Harriers Hunt lull. Oaklands Hunt Cash and representatives of all other regiatered rac bag clubs to attend B aitfting at the Athenaeum Hall II in Taeoday, October -■:. tor the parpoae of eonaidei tog in the inieiisi ni horse breeding, racing and all ;i true sport certain draatic propoaala contained in the ,. amiiii; aappreaaion till. •One aaaj note in paaaing that tbe Victoria Baciag » «!ui is the siipienie aathority in the eoiony, ju-i a-i.ir. s Jockey Club hi here, and this idea of conferring K witli all the practical authorities is one which our a- raleta Bight adopt with advantage spaa important ,1 aceaaioaa. The aartini under notice was ■ verj y Urge and intlueiilial one. with A. McCl aekes. chair-man r- ef the Victoria Baring Club, presiding, and a i very bmg dlar nation foUowed. As a recall a aeries s of resotatloas w:is paaaed, and they are of tufacienl n it,, crest to be anoted in full: l. Thai, in the o]iiniin ot tola meetiag, largely ly representing the interest- ot horse breeding and the apart t racing throughout Victoria, pair- at the he Gaming Suppression BUI aa at present drawn are • Inimical t. the Industry and the apart. •1. That in the opinion of thia meeting the right to to l.ei on racecoaraea sboaid not In later feted with. ::. i hi the opinion of this meetiag tbe control " i , racecourses should i"- rested in toe committees ., o; the etoba eaaeeraed, and that the taratioa pro-poaahi al present embodied in the Gaming Suppression s Bill are exceaaive and unequal in their Incidence. 4. That, with regard to the number and allocation 2 of days, his meeting la of the opinion thai these mailers can beat l»- regulated by these cancfiai ed d in the sport . ."i. That the proposed prevention of the publication of licitin odds and la ring new- i- an unnecessary rv Interference with the rights of both publishers and ml leaders. il. That in the opinion of this meeting the erea tion of any paillaf nlsrj board to deal with racing ,,- mailers i unneies-ary. aa the progress of borae so hreedang and raciag and the Interests of iiu pnbBc .." g nerally are well preserved undei preaent eondl i Ions. 7. That the repreaentativet of the registered rae- ie inj; ekaba present express approval of the c I n. i I oi raciag matters generally bj ih«- v. R. C, and are fit oiiiniou that it is to thu best interests of all all • . . i l I i I i n concerned in horse breeding and racing that st control and regulation of tbe sport continue in the ., hands of the leading ctab Of the state. 8. That the V. Ii. C. committee be requested to at once forward tbe foregoing resolutions to the r Premier. . "I have received ■ report of the speeches, bat it , occupies thirty two pages ol ■ pamphlet, and I can i DOt well deal with them here. It will suffice to sav ] that toe meeting waa obviously very enthusiastic, , and so largely attended thai it could not fail to in- , tlnence the government; Indeed, the proposal to stop . betting on raceeouraes was quickly abandoned, and ii, in the lime when the laal mails were pestcil t lamland. ihe hill had not Ix-cti passed in any shape 1 or form. ••It will be gathered from the above resolutions that the bUl as origtaaUy dratted was one which l in this Country would remove raring from the con j tml of the Jockej Ctab, suppress raring news and j prohibit betting on racecoaraea or anywhere elae. I inis alone is valuable evidence as to the deve* p mi in oi the anti-gamblers schemes, for they are all tarred with the same brush the world over, and what toe aim at in Australia they aim at here. Fore- ; warned, however, is. or ought to be, forearmed, and I venture to suggest that the Jockej I tab steward* a igfal do well Seriously to consider this ldan of sum-Baoning a conference from time to time of those COB-r eerned la racing, and thus strengthen their own position."

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