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New AHA President discusses the state of the hotel industry

Long-serving AHA NSW President Scott Leach was unanimously elected as the AHA’s new national President earlier this month. AHA NSW Hotel News’ Jason Bartlett spoke to Mr Leach about the challenges of his new role. HN: Scott, congratulations on being elected as national president of the Australian Hotels Association, how did it feel? Just let me say at the outset that I was extremely humbled by the support of my colleagues across Australia. I look forward to working with the various AHA teams’ right across the nation over the coming year, as we continue to advocate for what is best
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AHA National Awards for Excellence – winners announced

Media Release Monday 19 September, 2016 The shining stars of Australia’s hospitality and accommodation industry were honored in a glittering national function held on the Gold Coast in Queensland last night.Over 460 people gathered at the Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence dinner, held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort. Among the highlights was the induction of Melbourne-based liquor industry stalwart, Gordon Broderick, into the Johnnie Walker Hall of Fame. Mr Broderick has filled the role of executive director of the Distilled Spirits Industry Council of Australia since its formation in 1982, and was involved in key industry roles
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PaTH programme a great initiative

The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has commended the Government’s announcement of an innovative $752 million Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) Programme aimed at helping young job seekers to move off welfare and into employment. AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said, “Previous employment programmes had not quite lined up the needs of young job seekers with the needs of business”. “Minister Michaelia Cash has taken the time to discuss with employers the best way of getting young Australians into employment.” “The PaTH Programme delivers a package that will really help our hotels help young people who may not be quite job ready”.
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Hotels welcome small business tax concessions

The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) has commended the Government’s announcement that the small business entity annual turnover threshold will be increased from $2 million to $10 million from 1 July and that the corporate tax will decrease by 1%. AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said, “The previous threshold of $2 million for immediate deductions was welcomed last year; however the lifting of the threshold to $10 million will enable far more hotels to invest and grow”. “The 1% reduction in the corporate tax rate for small business will really help small to midsized hotels”. “Hotels operate in the highly competitive
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Illegal Offshore Wagering Review

AHA today welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s response to the review of illegal offshore wagering as delivered by the Hon Barry O’Farrell. AHA National CEO Stephen Ferguson said, “Importantly, the Government recognised the need for consumer protections for online gambling and the need to strengthen existing laws against illegal operators.” “The decision to maintain the prohibition of ‘online in play’ gambling will be welcomed by the vast majority of Australians.” “‘Click to call’ in play betting is clearly a breach of the intent of the Interactive Gambling Act and the Government is commended for its intention to block
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The alcohol-domestic violence myth

Putting more liquor outlets in a municipality does not, in fact, lead to a higher incidence of domestic violence. The City of Casey in outer suburban Melbourne is concerned because, despite having high levels of domestic violence, the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has approved construction of a Dan Murphy’s packaged liquor outlet in the municipality. According toThe Age the proposal to establish the bottle shop in a “family violence hot spot” has sparked calls for an overhaul of liquor licensing approvals. The newspaper says the City of Casey experienced the highest number of family violence incidents of
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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

Post Election Report National Accommodation Hotels Division National Board Letter to AEC PER Response re Rules Dec Notice of application to change rules with the Fair Work Commission Notice of Alteration of Eligibility Rule On 27 July 2016, the Australian Hotels Association lodged a notice pursuant to s.158 (1) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 for consent to the alteration of the eligibility rule in the Rules of the Australian Hotels Association. For details of the particulars of the alteration, please contact Mr. Stephen Ferguson on (02) 6273 4007. Notice of Alteration of Other Rules On 27 July
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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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