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Tradies Uber Alles – swallowing the Labor Club

By johnboy 26 June 2009 37

Comrades rejoice!

The Canberra Times reports that the Labor Club venues are not falling far from the tree. They’ve been bought up for $20 million by the Canberra Tradesmen’s Union Club.

While the mighty CFMEU does occasionally strike out on its own, it’s still part of the family.

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Tradies Uber Alles – swallowing the Labor Club
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ant 10:27 pm 26 Jun 09

True, the RUC’s not cheap. And the $8 fancy beers are a bit OTT.

sepi 10:03 pm 26 Jun 09

Maybe now they are down to a solo customer in the place they managed to produce an edible meal.

2604 9:59 pm 26 Jun 09

ant said :

On current performance, the RUC would be well-qualified to run ALL the clubs.

…except at the RUC you pay restaurant prices for bistro food, like schnitzels.

ant 9:45 pm 26 Jun 09

Fluges said :

I had dinner at the Dickson Tradies last week and the food was excellent. And the service was excellent too.

I want corroboration of this, I just do not believe it.

Jim Jones 9:15 pm 26 Jun 09

Fluges said :

I had dinner at the Dickson Tradies last week and the food was excellent. And the service was excellent too.

Please go directly to jail.

Do not pass go.

Do not collect $100.

Fluges 5:39 pm 26 Jun 09

I had dinner at the Dickson Tradies last week and the food was excellent. And the service was excellent too.

ant 4:31 pm 26 Jun 09

I don’t care about poker machines, but I care deeply about schnitzels and this is a very, very bad move for the schnitzels.

There should be a schnitzel clause inserted into the rules about clubs acquiring each other, whereby any entity that cannot show that it intends to pay due regard to quality schnitzels and has the capacity to do so, should not be allowed to run a club.

On current performance, the RUC would be well-qualified to run ALL the clubs.

Skidbladnir 4:06 pm 26 Jun 09

The 24% reduction is a concession in the legislation (signing finanical concessions to your single largest contributing sector into law, who’d have guessed…) as “recognition of the expenses a licensee incurs in gaming machine operations in order that the required level of community contributions can be made.”

Also, as of the 2004 Gaming Machine Act there is no specific statutory requirement for political party disclosures to be forwarded to the Minister, the Commission requires that information on its own authority for maintaining an accurate historical public record, and includes it in the Community Contributions Notices which are submitted to the Legislative Assembly on those grounds.

BerraBoy68 3:58 pm 26 Jun 09

uniqueusername said :

Thumper said :

Labor, not ‘labour’.

The difference is yoU!

LOL. reminds me of the other great quote “there’s no ‘I’ in Team” to which the answer is “no, but there’s a ‘me’ if you look hard enough”.

OT – Why am I not surprised that the Tradies is now the proud owner of these clubs?! Surely the Sth Cross, Vikings or even the Hellenic Clubs would have been interested and in a better position to finance new acquisitions than the Tradies? Then again, are Clubs still the cash cow they were once seen as in the ‘pre-smoking restriction’ days?

Skidbladnir 3:54 pm 26 Jun 09

For what counts and how, check page 5 of that same document.

Contributions fall into broad categories of
(i) Charitable and Social Welfare;
(ii) Sport and Recreation;
(iii) Non-Profit Activities; and
(iv) Community Infrastructure.

With beneficial adjustments, at a rate of $4 claimable for every $3 spent, for making contributions into Problem Gambling and Women’s Sport categories.

(For the record, while seperate to their community contributions, Labor Clubs and Tradies make up 99.1% of political contributions, with all of it going to ACT Labor. Do you really think thats about to change with this sale?)

fnaah 3:51 pm 26 Jun 09

… 7%? Pez. And what’s with that arbitrary 24% of GGMR lowering the NGMR?

Skidbladnir 3:44 pm 26 Jun 09

p1 said :

I thought that all poker machine revenue in the ACT had to go to benefit the community. Surely donating many to politics is the opposite of this?

Section 166 of the Act requires a licensee to give the Commission within one month of the end of the financial year a copy of the records kept under section 165 of the Act. In addition, information specifying the licensee’s GGMR, NGMR, total value of contributions and total value of contributions to registered parties and their associated political entities must be provided.

(Translation: You can contribute as much as you like to political groups (you are required to tell the Gaming and Racing Commission this, in addition to the Electoral Commission), but this is seperate to your disclosure of Community Contributions, which must be to explicitly non-political groups.)

The contribution requirement for a club is quite different to that for a hotel/tavern. For a licensee that is a club, the required community contribution for a financial year is a specified minimum percentage (7%) of the club’s NGMR for the financial year. However, for a licensee that is a hotel or tavern there is no required minimum contribution although the licensee is required to report on any contributions made and to express the value of them as a percentage of their GGMR.
(NGMR = Net Gaming Machine Revenue)

NGMR, as defined in the legislation, is calculated as follows:
Gross Gaming Machine Revenue (GGMR) derived by the licensee, less:
a) any amount of gaming machine tax payable on the GGMR; and
b) 24% of GGMR.

(This is from http://www.gamblingandracing.act.gov.au/Documents/Community%20Contributions%20Report%202007-08.pdf)

p1 3:38 pm 26 Jun 09

And can you seriously imagine our pollies writing laws under which they wouldn’t count as a contribution to the community?

I might be an optimist, but I’m not delusional.

johnboy 3:37 pm 26 Jun 09

p1 said :

I thought that all poker machine revenue in the ACT had to go to benefit the community. Surely donating many to politics is the opposite of this?

Heck the laws are so lax they can buy themselves plasma tv screens and say it’s a contribution to the community.

And can you seriously imagine our pollies writing laws under which they wouldn’t count as a contribution to the community?

p1 3:26 pm 26 Jun 09

I thought that all poker machine revenue in the ACT had to go to benefit the community. Surely donating many to politics is the opposite of this?

George 3:13 pm 26 Jun 09

The Labor Party will reap $20 million for their war chest by seeling their clubs to the unions.

The Tradies will, continue through their clubs and poker machine revenue, laundry millions of dollars back into the Labor Party.

The Stanhope Government will still legislate to protect the Tradies Club and its poker machine revenue – so what has changed?

The Labor Party said they will sell their clubs so that there would not be a conflict of interest!

p1 2:06 pm 26 Jun 09

It all sounds like Über political money hiding to me.

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