The Canberra Times brings word from the club sector which is threatening they might have to stop buying so many plasma screen TVs for themselves, and bribing our political parties, and calling it community contributions.
Nah I’m joking. The investment in their own amenity and no doubt the political “donations” will continue, but other stuff is getting the axe, particularly noted is a $50,000 grant from the Tradies to the National Folk Festival.
Economic uncertainty and smoking bans are being fingered.
Personally the I reckon the Tradies ripping out all its character and replacing it with plastic might be to blame in that particular case.
If our political parties weren’t beholden to these aggregating behemoths it would be nice to see a real inquiry and review into the original rationale for letting licensed clubs have poker machine licences and whether these city-wide businesses still serve those purposes.