Victorian Premier Denis Napthine with former Melbourne Cup-winning horse Subzero last year. Photo: Getty Images
Premier Denis Napthine has failed to disclose to Parliament his financial stake in multiple racehorses, raising questions about possible breaches of MP disclosure laws and contempt of Parliament.
A long-term racing minister and shadow racing spokesman, Dr Napthine has reported a financial stake in just two, unnamed, horses in the parliamentary register since he became an MP in 1988.
He has confirmed his current disclosed part share in Spin The Bottle, the thoroughbred at the centre of a recent conflict of interest row involving a $1.5 million grant to a joint owner, Warrnambool businessman Colin McKenna.
However, inquiries by Fairfax Media have revealed that in the past 15 years alone Dr Napthine has had an interest in at least six racehorses. One undisclosed stake was in Cut The Wind, co-owner former premier Jeff Kennett.