Club faces no-confidence vote

THE Tasmanian Turf Club committee is facing a no-confidence motion from members over its decision to part company with long-serving chief executive Robert Biffin.

It is believed that the club has been served with a notice demanding an extraordinary meeting of members to discuss the Biffin situation and it has 21 days to comply.

Any notice calling for an extraordinary meeting has to be signed by at least 10 financial members and supporters of Mr Biffin say they obtained almost twice that number.

A motion of no-confidence in the committee is certain to be put to the meeting and only financial members in attendance will be able to vote. Proxy votes will not be accepted.

TTC chairman Alison Archer announced on May 4 that the committee had voted to terminate the contract of Mr Biffin, who had been with the club for more than 20 years, most as chief executive.

It is believed that his contract had just over 12 months to run.

Mrs Archer said that, acting on legal advice, the club would not be disclosing the reasons for the committee's decision, which was by no means unanimous, or making any further public comment on the matter.

This has angered Mr Biffin's supporters, who believe that by not detailing the reasons for their decision, the committee has left Mr Biffin open to public speculation that he has done something wrong.

They say that this is definitely not the case.

Racing industry participants have therefore been left to assume that the committee was simply not happy with Mr Biffin's performance and/or was trying to save money with an early payout of his contract.

It's unlikely that any replacement would be paid the same six-figure sum.

Regardless of how TTC members feel about the committee's decision, it's unlikely that too many of them would be impressed by the process involved _ which will make their voting very interesting.

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