What is printed below is an extract from the show cause notice that QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett sent to Chief Harness Racing Steward David Farquharson on the 6th of February 2017, the day of the 177th of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi that ended the war between the Maori Tribes and the all the Queen’s men, and put New Zealand back together again.

That same date in the year 2017 will go down in infamy as the day the sweet Queensland Racing Integrity music died.

They who elect to live by the sword accept that they must also chance dying from cuts inflicted by the same blade.

In the case of QRIC Commissioner Ross Barnett those cuts are entirely self-inflicted.

There is no other choice now; Barnett has left us none.

The Commissioner must fall upon his sword.