Sunday 25. September, 2016

Labor Promises Tax Rebates to Community Clubs in the ACT

Small to medium-sized community clubs in the ACT have been promised a one-time grant and a tax rebate if Labor is re-elected in the next elections.

The promises will apply to community clubs in the ACT with gaming revenue of up to $4 million per annum and will include a one-time $10,000 grant, as well as a tax rebate of 50 percent on gaming revenue for reinvestment.

ClubsACT have argued that the taxes, fees and charges of the current Labor government have resulted in the worst trading conditions in the clubs’ history. The clubs have been vocal recently claiming that the government’s red tape and high fees are threatening their ability to survive. In addition, the government is proposing to allow poker machines to operate in Canberra Casino, when in the past, the clubs and pubs have had a monopoly on pokies in the ACT.

ClubsACT’s campaign against this government proposal has picked up steam lately with a protest held at the Raider’s Club on Friday morning. Around 250 people gathered to protest against the proposal to allow pokies in the casino and against the government’s high fees.

However, Gaming Minister Mick Gentleman insisted that the announcement was not made due to pressure from the ClubsACT campaign.

“Certainly not. This is not about politics,” insisted Mr Gentleman.

“This is about assisting those community clubs that we’ve been a supporter of for many years and we see the struggles that they’ve had.”

The Canberra Liberals are not so easily swayed and have accused Labor of trying to bribe ClubsACT with the tax rebates and grants they are promising. However, ClubsACT has said that Labor’s promises are too little and do not come close to offsetting the high rates and fees they have been charged for many years.

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