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Anthony Cummings Slams Aust Trainers Assoc
Sydney trainer Anthony Cummings "has launched a scathing attack on the Melbourne-based Australian Trainers' Association," reported Victoria's Herald-Sun newspaper. Cummings (president of the breakaway NSW Trainers' Association): described the current public liability cover for trainers as "virtually worthless"; alleged the ATA had "$4 million in assets & $2 million in the bank, but no budget or plans for the funds was presented at the annual general meeting"; alleged the ATA "had shown a lack of corporate governance"; & asked "why the ATA had been silent on the corporate bookies' gross profits versus turnover tax issue, despite the concerns of several trainers". Cummings (who represents about 200 NSW trainers) said at various times "West Australian, Queensland & NSW trainers had formed breakaway groups because the ATA was considered too Melbourne-centric". The breakaway legally-constituted NSW Trainers' Association (formed in May) was unanimously dissolved by the ATA at its annual meeting in October, action Cummings said was "legally questionable". ATA federal president Colin Alderson said the new body was dissolved "because its board had a conflict of interest representing both the NSW Trainers' Association & NSW ATA branch and was closely aligned with Racing NSW". But Cummings declared his body had been dissolved because "we asked too many questions. The ATA has a $600,000 wage bill, yet when we asked for funding, they offered us $20,000 or $30,000 for a secretary. The accounts are not transparent. We also asked if there was a better deal for insurance & we were met with a stonewall."