With an equine flu epidemic gripping the nation, we have been lucky to escape any cases here in the ACT, despite a horse having a high temperature on Friday. The flu affects recreational horses as well but the media has focussed on the racing industry, no doubt due to the huge sums of money involved. Racing in Canberra will go ahead next Friday.
If the flu does come to Canberra, the industry will be shut down for two months. The Chief Minister is ‘concerned about the damage to both the economy and the city’s “social fabric”‘. This is because people will be spending their time at home with their family instead of spending all Saturday afternoon at the TAB or the racecourse losing all their money. I’m a little uncomfortable with the idea that our economy is so dependent on gambling.