Tuesday 23. August, 2016

Ubet Slams Sportsbet for Dumping Racecourse Due to SA Gambling Tax

Ubet and Sportsbet have clashed over the new point of consumption gambling tax that is to be introduced in South Australia. Ubet has accused Sportsbet of a “vindictive” campaign that will impact sporting clubs in the state.

Last week, Sportsbet which is owned by Irish bookie Paddy Power and licensed in the Northern Territory, announced they will cancel plans to build a $20 million hi-tech data facility in the state and will cancel their sponsorship of the Gawler Racecourse, rather focusing on their existing deals in Victoria.

However, Ubet, which was formerly known as SA TAB, has come out in support of the new tax proposed by the government.

“It is disappointing that a foreign-owned corporate bookmaker like Sportsbet thinks it is acceptable to use these community clubs – which are largely run by volunteers – as political playthings in their vindictive battle against the State Government over their objections to having to pay what on the surface appears to be a fair and equitable tax on wagering profits,” announced Tony Flanegan, SA general manager of Ubet.

Ubet has stated that they plan to step into Sportsbet’s shoes and will discuss with Thoroughbred Racing SA how they can provide financial support to the Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club.

Ubet has announced that they will not fight the new tax, but rather view it as a way to contribute back to the South Australian community, pointing out that between 2011 and 2015, they have contributed $270 million to the community in wagering taxes and racing product fees.

“As a long-term responsible operator who supports the racing industry and SA economy more broadly, we know that paying our fair share is a key component of maintaining our social license to operate in the state,” stated Flanegan.


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