You’d think with the relationship between the Labor Clubs and Labor Party (throw in the CFMEU and the Tradies group for good measure) the clubs were adequately represented in our political system.
But the Liberals’ Brendan Smyth feels he’s got something to offer the pokie dens:
“The Canberra Liberals understand that the ACT clubs industry is an important element of our economy, and more than 200,000 Canberrans are members of clubs,” Mr Smyth said.
“After having consulted with the clubs sector, many have told us that they find the trading environment increasingly difficult.
“These difficult circumstances have arisen because of the combination of new regulations being introduced combined with the pressure from taxes imposed by ACT Labor and the Greens.
“Our already announced policy to review liquor licensing laws will give local clubs a liquor licensing framework that doesn’t stifle business, and also allows patrons to enjoy themselves responsibly.
“We will also make the system simpler to allow approved licensees to move machines between their own premises.
“The Canberra Liberals will continue to support local clubs and allow them to flourish without unnecessary government meddling,” Mr Smyth concluded.