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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.

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37 Responses to
Tradies Uber Alles – swallowing the Labor Club
Meg4n 11:26 am 26 Jun 09

$20mil seems like a pretty cheap deal to me. Surely that’s not market value?

Thumper 11:13 am 26 Jun 09

Labor, not ‘labour’.

housebound 11:11 am 26 Jun 09

frontrow said :

So the Labour Party has converted it’s pokie income into cold, hard cash.

Let’s see – $20 million is about 40 years worth of donations from the Labor Clubs’ pokie profits. But now it’s more hidden.

I wouldn’t want to be contesting the next election against that kind of money.

Duke 10:57 am 26 Jun 09

ant said :

I think the Dickson Tradies currently holds the honour of serving The Worst Meal in Canberra… on numerous occasions, by all reports.

Those people have clearly never gagged on a meal from the Woden Tradies bistro (not 83).

frontrow 10:55 am 26 Jun 09

So the Labour Party has converted it’s pokie income into cold, hard cash. Any takers that Nick Xenophon gets some quid pro quo in the not too distant future?

johnboy 10:49 am 26 Jun 09

Very limited number of organisations able to take on the poker machine licences though.

Skidbladnir 10:26 am 26 Jun 09

So for $20mil outlay, they get a $23mil\year boost to gross revenue stream from the pokies alone, four premises, all asssociated equipment, and a strong brand (assuming they want to keep them as licensed Clubs)?

Unlike CSCC, Tradies’ don’t put their financial statements online, so I’m having to work off ACT Gamine & Racing 07-08 reports.

sepi 10:12 am 26 Jun 09

Ditto for Dickson Tradies – the place is a ghost town now.

They must have some kind of plan for acquiring more properties, but I don’t know what it is (building units?)

Steady Eddie 10:02 am 26 Jun 09

jimbocool said :

Ant refers to the horror that is the ‘restaurant’ in the Dickson Tradies. Once upon a time there was a fabulous (if exceptionally daggy) bistro there that served anything you liked, so long as it was a schnitzel. Now it is unspeakable.
Mrs Cool is very fond of the City Labor club bistro schnitty – it will be interesting to see if it goes the same way as the Tradies.

Don’t forget the fantastic 83 Restaurant at Woden Tradies which was inexplicably closed down two months ago. I don’t know how they’ll sustain four new clubs because I drove past Woden Tradies Sat nite after dinner at the Hellenic Club and there were only about six cars in the carpark. When 83 Restaurant was operating that carpark was always full. Tradies will have to get 83 Restaurant back otherwise they will go down the tubes.

ant 9:58 am 26 Jun 09

I think the Dickson Tradies currently holds the honour of serving The Worst Meal in Canberra… on numerous occasions, by all reports.

Jim Jones 9:57 am 26 Jun 09

The ‘revamped’ Dickson Tradies bistro is positively Lovecraftian: the unspeakable eldritch terror inspired by the ‘meals’ they produce can only be seen as an attempt to kill their unwitting patrons and offer their immortal souls to Yuggoth (“he of the shining lights of the poker machines”).

jimbocool 9:49 am 26 Jun 09

Ant refers to the horror that is the ‘restaurant’ in the Dickson Tradies. Once upon a time there was a fabulous (if exceptionally daggy) bistro there that served anything you liked, so long as it was a schnitzel. Now it is unspeakable.
Mrs Cool is very fond of the City Labor club bistro schnitty – it will be interesting to see if it goes the same way as the Tradies.

Thumper 9:44 am 26 Jun 09

Just get rid of the f******* pokies!

dvaey 9:41 am 26 Jun 09

They probably wanna get in quick, so they can turn the Belco Labor club into a 20-storey motel in the belco redevelopments, just like theyre doing in woden.

And ant, what terrible restaurant? After 83 closed, nothings opened up since has it? (honestly, I have had no reason to return since they closed it)

ant 9:27 am 26 Jun 09

Oh great, more terrible restaurants!

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