12 March 2013

Australian Hotels Association ACT fear losses due to Parliamentary shut down

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AHAACT have voiced fears that the ACT will lose out due to the election timetable.

In a major blow to the local economy, more than $6 million will be wiped from the sector with Federal Parliament not sitting for a majority of the second half of the year, the AHA survey of leading hotel accommodation businesses in February 2013 found.

Analysis by the AHA ACT showed that Federal Parliament may not sit for at least four months from June 27 in the lead up and after the proposed September 14 poll.

AHA ACT Branch General Manager Brad Watts said many hotels heavily relied on income from sitting weeks but this revenue will dry up due to the non-sitting of Parliament.

“The Federal poll will take a heavy toll on the hotel and hospitality sector, especially when some smaller hotels rely on up to 80 per cent of business during Parliamentary sitting weeks,” Mr Watts said.

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Bugger the AHAACT, what about the coke dealers?

Oh but think of the media that will be all over the place like seagulls on a chip…and then all the newbie MPs who don’t have digs in Canberra yet.

What’s their suggested alternative – just not bother with the pesky election?

Devil_n_Disquiz5:45 pm 12 Mar 13

Dear Mr Watts,

This will happen approximately every three years. I’m surprised you haven’t figured this out yet. Get used to it.


Is it going to be significantly different from every other federal election? Shouldn’t they have been able to predict this several years ago?

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