Punters make up to “600 bets a second” on Melbourne Cup day, but authorities charged with upholding the integrity of racing cannot view the phone records of anyone suspected of engaging in suspicious activity.
Until 2015, stewards and integrity officials in four states had the power to request phone records, but changes by the Federal Government, made as part of the metadata laws, stripped them of the tool.
Before the changes more than 80 groups had access, now it is just 21 key law enforcement agencies. Authorities have been campaigning to get the powers back to ensure the integrity of racing is upheld.
Victorian racing integrity commissioner Sal Perna has made several requests to Attorney-General George Brandis’ department to restore the powers, and he has the backing of the Andrews Government to do so. With the Spring Racing Carnival just months away there is a renewed push for the powers to be reinstated. Read More…