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SA Jockey Club Board To Face Secret Gambling Inquiry
In Adelaide, the new South Australian Jockey Club board "will be summonsed to appear before the Independent Gambling Authority & forced to detail any knowledge of the vote-rigging affair," reported The Advertiser. The IGA yesterday "decided to invoke its full royal commission-like powers, but the inquiry will be secret". The newspaper revealed "summonses will be sent from today & sacked SAJC boss Steve Ploubidis is likely to be among the first required to give evidence". It will be the first time Ploubidis has been compelled to answer questions under oath since the headline-hogging Lipman Karis report (which investigated allegations of membership stacking to influence the outcome of the SAJC 2008 board election). There newspaper noted "there are also police & Consumer Affairs investigations into the matter". IGA director Robert Chappell yesterday confirmed "the full powers would be invoked" emphasising: "We will be calling in witnesses using the inquiry powers that the authority has. We will be compelling the attendance of a number of the key players in the saga to answer questions that will relate to the suitability of those who are elected at the SAJC elections." The inquiry "is expected to run for about a fortnight, with the findings detailed in a report to Parliament soon after". Asked about the need for holding the inquiry in camera, Chappell said "evidence given may prejudice other investigations".