24 September 2012

Barry O'Farrell slashes education, builds racetracks. Or does he?

As Barry O'Farrell rolls out swingeing State budget cuts, the last place  he'd want to be seen splashing cash would be a racetrack. Which is why we've been scratching our collective heads this week trying to work out why his Racing Minister, Upper Hunter MP George Souris, has been out there announcing new upgrades to racetracks like Wednesday's announcement of an $11 million refit for the goat track at Newcastle's Broadmeadow course.

Funnier still is the fact that NSW taxpayers aren't even stumping up the cash. The Newcastle project is funded from Racing NSW's $100 million war chest gained from the outcome of the High Court's Race Fields decision in May. What a strange game politics is.

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