As a result of the restructure of the State’s racing administration in the wake of the live baiting scandal, Queensland is now in the quite unique situation of having two Principal Racing Authorities, the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) and Racing Queensland (RQ).
The QRIC employs 159 people.
Racing Queensland employs just 85.
The main focus of RQ’s work is administrative, and prior to the Coronavirus the predominance of its staff worked out of a single office at Deagon.
The QRIC’s focus on the other hand is operational, meaning that its staff work from locations around Queensland, and are widely spread and dispersed.
It would be fair to say that due to its size and spread, the complexity of the work it performs, and the acute interest in its activities by the media, managing the QRIC would be a considerably more difficult exercise that managing Racing Queensland.
So why is it that RQ CEO Brendan Parnell gets paid $120 000 a year more than the QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett?
QRIC executive management salaries (above)
Racing Queensland executive management salaries (below)
Why is it that seven managers at Racing Queensland – including the Sales Manager, the Special Projects Manager (whatever they do), the Construction Manager, the PR Manager, and the HR Manager – are paid more than $200 000 a year, but no-one other than the Commissioner is at the QRIC?
This is not a spruik for a pay rise for Ross Barnett, or for any of his staff.
It’s simply a legitimate question about why Racing Queensland’s leaders see fit to pay themselves so much.
Given the slash and burn approach taken to abolishing rich Winter Carnival races that owners have paid big money to nominate their horses for in the expectation of racing for big returns, and the general across the board cuts to stakes purses, it would be very interesting to know if Racing Queensland’s executives have borne their share of the COVID-19 pain by accepting a temporary pay cut themselves.
Other sports administrators and leaders in codes like Rugby League, Union, Cricket, Soccer and the AFL have, and the players in these sports have too. Their leaders are leading by example.
What odds will you bet me about the same sacrifice having being made by the top brass at Racing Queensland.
Or that they haven’t?
Anyone willing to frame a market?
I guess no-one is that silly.
More than half a million bucks a year for Pins Parnell hey?
Ten grand a week.
It’s a good life if you can get it.
Don’t you worry about that.