Maverick MP Mark Latham has used parliamentary privilege to describe Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys as ‘all tip, no iceberg’ and unleash a tirade of criticism on his performance in both his racing and rugby league roles.

Mark Latham.
Forthright NSW MP Mark Latham says Racing NSW has many problems and challenges. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Speaking in the NSW Legislative Council this week, Latham, the former federal opposition leader, and now Upper House independent, lambasted V’landys in a wide-ranging speech.

Among the many topics raised by Latham was the sale of Rosehill, Racing NSW’s legal battles with Racing Victoria, the NRL’s foray into Las Vegas, the appointment of Saranne Cooke as Racing NSW chair, the presence of V’landys lifelong friend John Dumesny on a selection committee for the Racing NSW board, the exodus of people from key roles at Racing NSW and the potential transfer of ownership of the Goulburn racecourse.

Known for his forthright views, Latham, who has been an ATC member for 20 years and has been involved in racehorse ownership and breeding, said the ATC proposal to sell Rosehill “was getting whackier by the day”.

He linked the deal to V’landys, despite Racing NSW taking a backseat role in a member consultation process that is being run by the ATC. 

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