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CASUAL EMPLOYEE LOADINGS SHOULD BE OFFSET AGAINST OTHER ENTITLEMENTS: AHA / TAA

Thursday, 18 October 2018 MEDIA RELEASE The intention of loadings for casual employees is to offset the entitlements received by full time employment, Australian Hotels Association CEO Stephen Ferguson and Tourism Accommodation Chair Martin Ferguson said today. The comments follow a recent decision by the Federal Court of Australia which found that a casual employee was entitled to payment for untaken annual leave following the termination of their employment. The employee involved was a fly-in fly-out worker at a mining site in Queensland. AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said the rules should be clear. “An employee should not be unjustly
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AHA WELCOMES SYNTHETIC LOTTERY AND KENOLAND BAN

by Andy Young The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s approval of laws which will prohibit gambling on the outcome of lotteries and Keno, by online companies such as Lottoland. The recent passing of the Interactive Gambling Amendment (Lottery Betting) Bill 2018 was supported by all sides of the House and AHA National CEO, Stephen Ferguson, praised all sides of Government for the move, which the association has been lobbying for. “Along with the Newsagents Association, Clubs and Tabcorp, the AHA has lobbied vigorously to have parasite gambling products such as Lottoland and Kenoland banned,” Ferguson told TheShout. “Kenoland
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PROPOSED ONEMUSIC LICENCE FEES A CONCERN FOR HOTELIERS

by Vanessa Cavasinni In an effort to streamline the complex maze of music licence fees being paid to both APRA AMCOS and PPCA, the two organisations are in the middle of merging into one organisation, OneMusic Australia. As part of this process, the music licencing fee structures for hotels for everything from background to live music to music played in dining areas, is in the middle of being reviewed and overhauled. Hoteliers and the AHA are taking part in consultation on the new fee structure across Australia, with AHA CEO Stephen Ferguson stating that the aim is to create a simpler
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Government must act on Kenoland

Government must act on Kenoland 21 February 2018 In September 2017, the Federal Parliament passed reforms related to on line gambling as part of amendments to the Interactive Gambling Act. At the time the Interactive Gambling Bill passed the Senate, Senator Hanson proposed an amendment to with the effect to prohibit “betting on the outcome of a lottery” (such as Lottoland). The response of the Government was to the effect that Senator Hanson’s proposition was beyond the scope of the bill, but that the Government would consult and examine the issue further. We understand that on behalf of the Government,
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AHA PUSHES FOR INTERACTIVE GAMBLING ACT REFORM

by Andy Young The Australian Hotels Association has joined forces with ClubsNSW to push for a ban on betting on the outcome of a lottery – effectively shutting down the Lottoland online gambling business. Lottoland enables punters to bet on the outcome of a lottery and recently launched a new ‘Kenoland’ product, which enables Australians to bet on the results of overseas Keno draws. The CEO of the AHA, Stephen Ferguson, told TheShout that he was encouraging the Government to amend the Interactive Gambling Act. “In September 2017, the Federal Parliament passed reforms related to on line gambling as part of amendments to
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E2017/133 – National Accommodation Hotels Division Declaration of Results for Uncontested Offices

Below are the results of the election for the following offices, conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and the rules of the organisation. President (1) Candidate MOORE, Gregory Vice-President (1) Candidate DOUGLAS, John Secretary (1) No nomination received Representatives to National Board (5) Candidates DABNER, John Raymond DOUGLAS, John CAIRNS, Andrew As the number of nominations accepted did not exceed the number of positions to be filled, the above candidates were elected. A copy of the report is available from the organisation, branch or the AEC on request
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E2017/132 – National Board Declaration of Results for Uncontested Offices

Below are the results of the election for the following offices, conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and the rules of the organisation. President (1) Candidate LEACH, Scott Senior Vice-President (1) Candidate BURNETT, Peter Vice-President (1) Candidate JUBB, Paul Secretary / Treasurer (1) Candidate WALLER, Colin   As the number of nominations accepted did not exceed the number of positions to be filled, the above candidates were elected. A copy of the report is available from the organisation, branch or the AEC on request
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CALLS FOR BEER TAX INCREASE LABELLED ‘TREMENDOUSLY NAIVE’

Australia’s alcohol industry has dismissed a pre-Budget submission by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (Fare) as “tremendously naïve” and “misguided, lazy and flawed”. In its proposal Fare recommended volumetric tax changes to the Wine Equalisation Tax, an industry-wide 10 per cent increase on all alcohol tax as well as an increase in the tax rate on draught beer to bring it in line with the rates applied to packaged beer. However Stephen Ferguson, CEO of the Australian Hotels Association, told TheShouthe thought the Fare proposal was disappointing and naïve. “This demonstrates Fare’s one-size fits all approach to dealing with
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AHA WELCOMES FEDERAL COURT’S SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT UMPIRE

The Australian Hotels Association has welcomed this morning’s decision by the Federal Court to reject all union grounds in its appeal of the Fair Work Commission’s recent penalty rates decision. AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said he was pleased the full bench of the Federal Court had backed the independent umpire’s original decision on penalty rates. Mr Ferguson said; “The Full Bench of the Federal Court upheld the principle that the Fair Work Commission was alone vested with the full responsibility for assessing all relevant matters and reaching all relevant conclusions in making its determinations.” “This decision upholds the long-standing
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AHA WELCOMES NEW HEAD OF TABCORP’S WAGERING AND MEDIA BUSINESS

The Australian Hotels Association National Executive has congratulated Adam Rytenskild on his appointment as the new head of Tabcorp’s wagering and media business.   “The Association welcomes Adam Rytenskild’s appointment and looks forward to working closely with him on continuing to enhance the services our members provide their customers,” AHA National President Scott Leach said today.   “He is well known to many in our industry as a talented executive who has the interests of hotels at heart in delivering outcomes which work for venues and for Tabcorp.   “We are pleased he is taking over the helm of the
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