PHOTOS: Glenn Butcher grilled for thoroughbred syndicate
GLENN Butcher's one percent share in Toowoomba Cup-winning horse Honey Toast has raised questions of hypocrisy and double standards with his position of chair of the Racing Integrity committee.
Yesterday in parliament, member for Currumbin Jan Stuckey raised questions about the appointment of the Gladstone MP as the chair of the committee as he was involved in a thoroughbred syndicate.
"I congratulate him on Honey Toast's win at Toowoomba last weekend," she said.
"However, the appointment of an MP with a current racing involvement to chair this parliamentary committee does raise the question of hypocrisy and double standards here.
"Why doesn't the minister feel the same way about new board members having current racing credentials?"
Mrs Stuckey was referring to the Racing Integrity Bill's exclusion of racing industry members from holding the position of chair or deputy chair of the Racing Queensland board.
Mr Butcher said he found the comments offensive and the Racing Integrity Bill had nothing to do with him and his horse.
Mrs Stuckey withdrew the comments after Mr Butcher claimed they were offensive.
When it was Mr Butcher's time to address the parliament he said he was in a syndicate of 10 people who own 10% of Honey Toast.
"My interest in this awesome racehorse, Honey Toast, is one percent, which I think is the nose," he said.
"I am a proud member of the racing industry in Queensland and I want to see this industry grow."
He said ASX Corporate Governance Council guidelines supported the number of non-industry members on the Racing Queensland board proposed in the bill.
"The (parliamentary) committee was satisfied that the number of racing industry members on the board would be sufficient to ensure that the board is well informed on industry perspectives," he said.
The debate on the bill was adjourned and will begin again today.