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On behalf of breeders right across Australia, WE SAY 'NO' to any form of Stallion Tax!
THE BREEDERS VOICE steadfastly believes that a collective voice is more powerful than single voices.
That's why we have mounted a petition calling on our local state authority HRNSW to withdraw their support for HRA's Tax on Breeding - but it applies equally to any state authority that has voted in support of this insanity - whilst also demanding that Harness Racing Australia RESCIND THEIR PLANS FOR A STALLION TAX immediately.
GO TO OUR PETITION
A big thank you to everybody who participated in our recent "Taxing the Breeding Sector" SURVEY.
In just over seven days, over 340 breeders - Australia-wide - logged in and let us know their frank and open opinions. Obviously, this represents a significant majority of all Standardbred breeders in this part of the world, and we have immediately sent the detailed results through to Harness Racing Australia so that they can hear the collective anger within our community. As and when they respond, we shall of course notify everyone!
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
Question 1: Are you aware of HRA's plan to introduce a BREEDING TAX via a Stallion Registration Fee PLUS a Percentage of the Service Fee for non-Australian domiciled stallions?
YES = 93% NO = 7%
Question 2: Do you believe that such Tax Levies imposed on the Breeding Sector are FAIR?
YES = 4% NO = 96%
Question 3: Have you calculated how much this additional impost will cost you in the 2022/2023 breeding season?
YES = 40% NO = 60%
. . . and the total expenditure for those that had comes to $ 857,169 or $ 6,445 per breeder!
Question 4: What effect will such Taxes have on your breeding numbers in the upcoming season?
SAME NUMBER = 19% FEWER MARES = 80% INCREASED NUMBER = 1%
Question 5: What is your frank assessment of HRA's desire to TAX BREEDERS as a means of filling their coffers - whatever they decide to spend the money on.
READ ALL THE HEARTFUL OPINIONS HERE
Question 6: HRA claim that maintenance of the Australian Stud Book costs them TWO MILLION DOLLARS per annum ... and this is the reason they have to impose a Tax on Breeders. But why now? Do you think such claims should be supported by fact?
READ The Breeders Voice's LETTER to Harness Racing Australia on your behalf HERE
We are yet to hear from a single breeder who is in favour of any form of TAX (or Levy) on our Shuttle or Frozen Semen Stallions. But we think it is important that you hear exactly what breeders have to say, and we shall keep adding to the mailbox list below ... regularly.
Gordon Banks' Comments to HRA Letter 10th Aug.
Nathan Varcoe Letter ASBA Letter
BENSTUD (Peter Judd) Opinion Graeme Riley Opinion
Shannon Nixon Opinion Ray Chaplin Opinion
Neville Cranston Opinion Nathan Varcoe Opinion
HBV Submission (May 2021) HBV Commentary (June '22)
Gordon Bank's FB Comments (July '22)
And please email us at email@example.com if you would like your thoughts published as well.
We actively encourage every member of The Breeders Voice, and all of our supporters, to personally write to their local State Controlling Body pleading with them to withdraw support for HRA's proposal to levy Taxes on Breeders - in the interest of the Harness Racing at large. Your voice is important ...
QUESTIONS TO HRA Executive Chairman
OPEN LETTER to Andrew Kelly (following no response to 14 July correspondence)
Follow-up email to HRA - Re Survey Results (Sent 14 July 2022)
BREEDERS VOICE LETTER TO HRA - Survey Results Summary
BREEDERS VOICE LETTER TO HRNSW
Andersens Horse Heaven Letter to HRNSW
Colin McDowell Letter to HRNSW
Stephen Cleave Letter to HRA Jo Andersen Letter to HRA
Rhiannon Park Letter to HRA Marg Lee Letter to HRA
Mat Day Letter to HRA Thurston Letter to HRA
Frank McGrath Letter to HRA
Original Response to 'Advance Aust.' Concept Paper
Because this is not feasible, or helpful to hobbyists. Harness must stop trying to buy back a good name by grabbing every sensational scheme that pops up. Harness will only go forward when it re-builds its core product.
The heart and soul of our industry is made up of small breeders. Expenses are already high. We put in everything for the love of the horse and the industry. Introducing this tax will be damaging to the industry and reduce the breeders and supporters.
We support the long suffering harness racing breeding industry participants in this cause breeders and supporters.
I am signing because we have standardbred stallions. An extra unnecessary cost
To stop tax on stallion service
No concerns for breeders who keep breeding every year to keep the numbers coming through for the industry
I'm not against the race only the way it's being funded and no consultation with the industry. HRA need a massive wake up call by all of smaller breeders banding together.
This will continue to dwindle down numbers of horses bred.
Stop favouring the rich.
Taxing breeders is definitely not the way to fund an elite slot race that will only be available to the elitist members of the industry who already reap most of the big race prize money.
This is an unfair decision that benefits only a few
I am signing to support the standardbred stallion owners because I am a horse breeder with my own stallions & believe this ill-thought idea should be rescinded
Not all taxes are legal since we are not in the Commonwealth any more and are now a republic so no crown here to make the tax legal
I believe it's a bad move to apply this tax. It will kill off the industry.
I do not agree with this at all. The harness racing industry in Tasmania is in dire straights already without this happening
As a small breeder, I won’t be breeding again if this stallion tax goes ahead. This will kill the foundation of harness racing in Australia
Hard enough now for the majority of owners without imposing a breeders tax
We are small breeders who increased the number of mares put in foal this last season but if this tax gets put in place we will be rethinking our plan from now on. Slot holders should fund the race in the same manner as the gallops do
Harness racing needs to prioritise the majority that support the industry and not the top end.
It's totally ridiculous that the breeders have to pay a 15% tax so a few rich people can race for 2 million
People are just stupid. Taxing stallion sperm now. What next if it wins another tax?
It should not be funded by breeders. I am a small breeder and it will affect my ability to continue breeding
It's just wrong on every level.
I'm a small breeder who won't breed anymore if this is introduced
Because if HRA want to look flash and try to follow the gallops (because heaven forbid they get left behind) they should make sure they have their own money to do it, not charge the lifeblood of their industry to fund something for the elite that are already rich enough
Patently unfair distribution of tax generated fees so the purple circle can race for the breeder's money.
This race in theory is a great idea but fund it through the people who want to put their best horse up against the best. The little man can’t afford to continue when the best horses get all the spoils year after year.
So wrong taxing the breeders to support a race HRA want to run when participants would be more than happy racing for only slot holders money. Another big mistake by HRA…..
This could quite possibly be the last year I breed standardbreds. My family have bred for over 80 yrs. And it is just not viable to continue with the amount of risk that I have to take to get a yearling to the sales and not get what I am owed. We are the backbone of the industry, and if they don't start listening to breeders they will kill the industry.
(Signing because …) It’s the right thing to do.
Ridiculous to have breeders pay to line the pockets of a few. Give us a break.
Its daylight robbery to the breeders and owners.
Cost of breeding is already exorbitant. This is an unfair tax for the many breeders who just breed and love their horses. It is only going to assist the big time trainers/ owners to bankroll new race.
Am a breeder and own and race Standardbreds and do not want stud fees to rise. NO TO THE TAX.
This is wrong to tax the breeders, more money needs to be put into grass roots racing.
Why should small breeders be forced to fund a race that is no benefit to them. It’s hard enough to break even without this tax. Find some other way to fund this race.
The standardbred industry is struggling as it is. It costs more to breed and raise a yearling than what most are being sold for at the sales. This would be another setback for the industry.
Look after the little man, they keep the industry going.
WHY change now.
It is another case of the rich and more powerful.
I'm signing because I am a SB breeder and owner.
Once again, the harness racing boards are focused on catering to the wealthy professionals of the industry, whilst pushing the battlers further away.
Breeding is expensive enough. We have already lost a lot of breeders in the industry. More costs....more costs....more costs. Funding for the minority NOT the majority.
I am at a total loss as to where these people surface from that come up with these ideas.
The harness racing and breeding industry in Tasmania is already in dire straits when the subsidy runs out from the sale of the Tote this will be another nail in the coffin of what was once a thriving industry.
I am signing to support the standardbred stallion owners because I am a horse breeder with my own stallions & believe this ill-thought idea should be rescinded.
This is an unfair decision that benefits only a few.
This is wrong on all levels !
We have been breeding for the last 25 years we’ve always had a foal at any given time on our property if this decision goes ahead we will stop breeding.
The race is a great idea. Funding needs to be better thought out. This tax is a terrible idea and not supported by the majority of breeders and studs.
Presenting the case AGAINST a Tax on the breeding sector :
The Billionaire behind Australia's Stallion Tax
WEAKNESS OF THE EUREKA - worldwide owner speaks out
Can They Hear Themselves ...?
Voicing Concerns - WHERE ARE OUR VISIONARIES?
Voicing Concerns - COUNTING THE COST
Voicing Concerns - THE EUREKA - Part 2
Voicing Concerns : THE EUREKA - Part 1
The only thing worse than being blind
Election time in Australia - But not for HRA
The Eureka - Is History Repeating Itself?
Insensate at Harness Racing Australia
Taxing stallions to fund a slot race! Where's the connection?
NO MEANS NO - to taxing the breeding industry
Presenting HRA's case for such a Tax - in the interest of balance:
SLOT HOLDERS Annoucement - HRA Press Release
HRA RESPONSE to our Letter Dated 3rd August, 2022
The TAB Eureka - The World’s Richest Harness Race
Transcript : Andrew Kelly SEN Radio Interview 11 May
Transcript : Andrew Kelly ITG TV Interview 1 June