Clubs Queensland plays an important role in advocating with all levels of government and industry bodies on behalf of community clubs across the State.
Clubs Queensland has worked hard to build and maintain valued relationships with both State and Federal Governments and the Opposition to ensure our industry’s concerns and ideas are heard.
2017 was another busy year in terms of political engagement and Clubs Queensland actively sought to leverage its political capital to positively influence the legislative and regulatory environment to ensure the best possible operating conditions for Queensland community clubs.
Clubs Queensland made various submissions to the Queensland Government and other stakeholders in relation to the myriad legislation that affects the club industry sector which included representations regarding:
- Casino / Integrated Resort Development (IRD) licences
- Current Price Index (CPI) indexation of gaming machine tax brackets and rates
- A credit input limit increase in Ticket In Ticket Out (TITO) systems in gaming machines
- The Liquor (Rural Hotels Concession) Amendment Bill 2017
- OneMusic Australia’s proposed changes to existing music tariffs and licensing arrangements
- Issues pertaining to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
- The Tabcorp / Tatts merger
- The Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Act 2017 which will introduce a Container Refund Scheme and plastic bag ban in Queensland , and
- The aggressive conduct and actions of the United Voice Union.
The issue of casino / IRD licences has been ongoing for some time and Clubs Queensland’s position is abundantly clear on this matter. It does not support additional casinos in Queensland.
An independent report commissioned by Clubs Queensland confirms that, irrespective of where an additional casino / IRD may be located, it would have a detrimental impact on the social fabric of the community. There would be significant loss of jobs in the community club sector with large volumes of club members and volunteers negatively impacted and displaced while much needed community facilities would face closure.
Clubs Queensland has launched a public education campaign – We already have four, no more! #4nomore to highlight that Queensland is already overrepresented by casinos having more than New South Wales and Victoria combined.
For further information, please don’t hesitate to call Colin Morrison, Communications and Government Relations Manager, on telephone p: 07 3252 0770 or via e: firstname.lastname@example.org