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Time for unions to stop politicking and let FWC reform 1950s hospitality work conditions for benefit of workers and business

It’s time for the unions to stop politicking and allow the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to do its job in reforming the Hospitality Industry (General) Award for the benefit of workers and business. The FWC has concluded hearings into the review of the Hospitality award and is scheduled to make a decision in the middle of the year, but already the unions are indicating that they will not accept the umpire’s decision if the Commission agrees to reform penalty rates and working conditions, which were established in the 1950s and are no longer relevant to today’s work environment. Specifically, the
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Notices

E2021-161- Declaration of results-Uncon E2021-138- DecUncon ENotice – E2021-161 E2021-138-NomForm NomForm – E2021-161 E2021-138-ENotice E2021-138-TimetableListRqst E2021-161- TimetableListRqst Notice to Members – Financial Statements Please see attached the AHA National Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2020 AHA National Financial Statements 31 December 2020 Vale Colin Waller The AHA National & NSW family lost a true great this week – long serving NSW and National Treasurer, publican and all round good bloke Col Waller of the Shoalhaven Heads Hotel. A delegate for the South Coast for 20 years, Col was loved by all and will be sadly missed. One
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Road to Recovery: The City of Bundaberg & its Rum

The Best Laid Plans… To celebrate their 125th anniversary in 2013, Bundaberg Rum had long planned a special release – the first super deluxe rum ever released in Australia – the 125th Anniversary Rum. Unfortunately, nature intervened, as it so often does. Nine months before the planned celebration, the city of Bundaberg was inundated with floods for the second time in three years and the distillery’s plans were very much on hold. Previously, on Christmas Eve 2010, after it sustained heavy rain, the Burnett River broke its banks, inundating hundreds of homes. Peaking at nearly eight metres above the usual
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After the swill: Celebrate the blood, sweat and beers of aussie pub culture!

By Nicole Pesa Are pubs still vital to the Australian landscape? Documentary feature filmmakers James Ward Breen and Natalie Palomo explore this question by looking at the past and the present. Verdict? Pubs are more important than ever. The son of an Aussie publican, James strives for an unprecedented inside- the-industry and behind-the-bar look at the recent social history of the iconic Aussie pub. It celebrates an essential part of the Australian cultural identity and aims to show the positive impact pubs have had on our culture through its connection between patrons. From the 6 o’clock swill to different forms
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The Mutually Satisfying Marriage between Live Music and the Pub

Australian music – particularly rock – has its origins in hotels and pubs, with a proliferation of live performances occurring in the early 1970’s. This stemmed from the liberalisation of state licensing laws and the epiphany among hoteliers and publicans that providing live music would attract the generation of baby boomers in masses. From the crowded beer gardens
of inner city hotels to the bustling backrooms of almost every suburban ‘local’, immensely famous Aussie bands – including INXS, AC/DC, Cold Chisel and Australian Crawl – once cut their teeth on the popular pub circuit. While in the twenty-first century, both the
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Hotels Make A Difference

A long and proud history of helping the community Almost every AHA member is involved in providing sponsorship or support in some form to a local sporting group or community organisation. By their nature, hotels are often the social hubs of their communities – a ‘home away from home’ utilised as a meeting place, for dining, entertainment, overnight accommodation and for hosting events such as weddings. Hotels support thousands of sporting clubs and community organisations across Australia. Many people play in social sporting teams, or become involved in community groups, partly because of the opportunities for social interaction, which can
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It’s Time To Wake Up

The wake up foundation is a not for profit organisation that is run by young people for the benefit of young people. Channelling the power of education and awareness, wake up has and continues to inspire young people to re-evaluate their cultural norms and take responsibility for their own actions. Established in 2014, Wake Up was a reaction to an incident involving the brother of Joint Managing Director & Founder, Claudia McEwen. “My brother was assaulted by two strangers [on a night out in Bondi] and was very badly injured,” explains Claudia. “This incident caused me to reflect on the issue
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Shaping The Nation’s Drinking Culture

Founded by the alcohol industry in 2005, Drinkwise Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, which utilises the power of evidenced-based social marketing for the purpose of producing a healthier and safer drinking culture. The CEO of this organisation is John Scott, who as a former non- executive Director and Chair of the Social Marketing Committee has a wealth of experience working with major policy development and consumer driven communications initiatives. Drawing upon two decades of knowledge from his role in strategic marketing and research, Mr. Scott has chosen to share with us his insights into the current Australian drinking culture,
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Australian Hotels Association 2015 National Awards for Excellence

The elite of Australia’s hospitality and accommodation industry were honoured in a glittering nation-wide function held on the Gold Coast in Queensland in September 2015. Among the highlights was the induction of New South Wales hotel industry stalwart Bevan Douglas into the Johnnie Walker Hall of Fame. Mr Douglas and his family have made significant social and economic contributions to the city of Tamworth. Mr Douglas has also championed the rights of hoteliers over the past 25 years. Over 450 people, representing hotel and accommodation venues from right around the country were present at the annual awards night, held at
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Australian jobs and businesses can be boosted by cracking down on illegal offshore gambling

Media Release: Australian jobs and businesses can be boosted by cracking down on illegal offshore gambling. The Australian Hotel Association (AHA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s review of illegal offshore gambling, saying that the widespread practice was costing Australian jobs and hurting legitimate Australian businesses. The Government has estimated that there is up to $1 billion annual illegal offshore gambling, particularly targeting racing and other sports, and that, increasingly, Australian‐based organisations were attempting to avoid their legal obligations by shifting their operations offshore to unregulated international regions such as the Pacific and Asia. The review is to be led by
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