Clubs Queensland continues to advocate strongly with the re-elected Palaszczuk Government on a range of reforms necessary to ensure that Queensland clubs remain sustainable during these difficult times.
Over the last month Clubs Queensland has had face to face discussions with the Deputy Premier, Hon Dr Steven Miles, Treasurer, Hon Cameron Dick, his Under-Treasurer Rachel Hunter, the previous Attorney-General, Hon Yvette D’Ath, along with senior bureaucrats and Ministerial staff. Meetings with Minsters newly appointed to portfolios that impact on clubs are in train, including the new Attorney- General, Hon Shannon Fentiman.
Clubs Queensland was pleased to be one of the first stakeholder groups invited to 1 William Street (Ministerial HQ) in the week immediately after the state election to continue these discussions. It was key to the clubs of Queensland that in an essential period leading into Budgetary estimates that the story of closure supported the context of “reopening”. The perils that were experienced across the state in clubs over the last six months has been defined and we thank our membership for the key data to support these conversations. We have been strident in detailing with Treasury that our industry is suffering job losses across Queensland and the reality is that clubs have less capacity to provide funds back to community, charitable and sporting organisations. We have reiterated that communities will expect Government to fill funding gaps because of this reduced capacity, and that with the extraordinary number of volunteer hours our club members provide, that bang for buck, there is no better sector to support than Queensland clubs.
Our reform priorities remain:
- A request that the March 2020 gaming tax be waived for the club industry;
- Reducing barriers to entry to clubs by amending the Liquor Act 1992 (Qld) to reduce the ‘visitor radius’;
- Allowing more flexible trading hours;
- Facilitating varied customer payment methods, including EFT;
- Increasing from the current $5 max bet to a $10 max bet;
- Increasing the Ticket-in Ticket-out (and card- based play) input credit limit
Additionally, from an operational perspective, we continue to have positive and relevant engagement directly with Queensland Health and appreciate the time Dr Young and Queensland Health’s executive team has afforded
us on many occasions over the last three months. We respectfully seek positive review and outcomes to optimise outcomes and as just reward for the guidelines and standards we adhere to daily.
The perils that were experienced across the state in clubs over the last six months has been defined and we thank our membership for the key data to support these conversations.