Queensland Hotels and Licensed Premises are mainly involved in the sale of on-premises and off-premises alcoholic and other beverages, food, and the provision of a range of entertainment products. These products include live music, various forms of gambling as well as trivia nights and community activities.
Queensland’s Hotel industry provides hospitality and entertainment for millions of Queenslanders every week. It employs over 80,000 people and is the backbone of the State’s tourism industry. It is a highly regulated, highly taxed, private sector entity.
Industry statistics are significant:
Over 1,150 hotels with 1,000 trading hotels and 150 accommodation-style hotels and resorts.
Hotel sector employs 44,000 in a mixture of permanent, casual and part-time workers with a further 36,000 jobs generated indirectly in allied and professional roles such as accounting; training, security, legal, advertising, transportation, brewing, gaming manufacture, monitoring, distribution, live music, wagering, finance, real estate, construction, cleaning, IT, food, insurance and community support.
Capital and commercial value of the industry is over $4 billion.
Direct support to charity, youth, sporting, religious and wider community causes and clubs is over $17m per year.
Hotels and Licensed Premises play an important role in all communities and particularly in rural and regional communities where the hotel (and publican) tends to be the centre of community life and the principal focus for community events of all types.
The industry is a very significant employer for first jobs, jobs for young people, women and those with low or no skill base. Hotels spend over $40m per year in training (formal, compliance and on-the-job programs).
Hotels purchase goods and services locally, support tourism and provide low cost and high-convenience accommodation in particularly in rural and regional Queensland.
Hotels are part of the very fabric of Queensland and the local hotel is a cultural centre of rural and regional Queensland-somewhere to meet, mix and enjoy companionship in a safe environment.
Changes introduced by previous LNP (Safe Night Legislation Amendment Bill 2014) and now the ALP Government (Tackling Alcohol Violence Legislation 2016) have chopped and changed the rules so that politically-contentious lockouts have been horse-traded for mandatory scanning as a sop to alcohol-related violence in our communities. Mandatory scanning is not the solution, it just deters responsible people from enjoying a night out. It has killed the vibrant entertainment hub of Brisbane and taken us back to the Fifties. Prohibition didn’t work then either.
One Nation wants to stop criminalising the sale of alcohol and normalise the role and place of Hotels and Licensed Premises in the Queensland Community. We will encourage the concept of personal accountability and accept the place of Licensed Premises in our communities. Enjoying a drink with friends is a part of what it is to be a Queenslander.
One Nation will:
Consult, review and modernise the Liquor Act 1992 and its administration.
Embed a Police presence in entertainment precincts state-wide to deter violence.
Reform licensing to 3am closing state-wide, no lockouts and no mandatory scanning.
Repeal the artificial Safe Night Precinct zoning to establish ‘level playing field’.
Reintroduce the Beattie/BCC Post 1 am Obligations state-wide (security to patron numbers ratios, CCTV, penalties for non-compliance).
Not introduce any bed taxes.
Encourage a hotel apprenticeship program (with guaranteed employment) in regional Queensland for key roles in the industry.