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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman
    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Expert panel to reduce gaming red tape

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier
    The Honourable Campbell Newman

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Expert panel to reduce gaming red tape

     

     

    Premier Campbell Newman has today announced the appointment of an expert panel to address the overload of red tape strangling the liquor and gaming industry.

     

    Mr Newman said appointing the panel was part of the Government’s Six Month Action Plan and members would play a key role in cutting regulatory burden on business.

     

    “At the recent DestinationQ forum, industry made it clear that new initiatives were needed to build Queensland tourism to help get the economy back on track,” Mr Newman said.

     

    “Liquor and gaming is the lifeblood of the tourism industry but has long been ignored by the Labor Government and our economy has suffered.

     

    “We have made sure this panel gives key players a chance to finally weigh in on discussions about the major issues affecting the industry.

     

    “Liquor and gaming has been held back by red tape and regulation which burned time and money for no real benefit.

     

    “This review is good news for industry and shows we are committed to reducing waste, cutting costs and making life easier for business.”

     

    Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said a number of changes had already been identified which would allow business to get on with the job.

     

    “We have scrapped employee gaming licences which were in place to prevent people interfering with games,” Mr Bleijie said.

     

    “Ignoring advances in gaming technology, the Labor Government expected employees to hold a licence and renew it every five years for $215, which is just ludicrous.

     

    “The Liquor and Gaming Commission will also be replaced by a Commissioner which will speed up the process and eliminate unnecessary costs and duplications.

     

    “Liquor and gaming licence applications will no longer need to be advertised in the Government Gazette and local newspapers, saving businesses up to $1,500.

     

    “These changes are about easing the cost burden on our pubs and clubs, while also maintaining a high level of integrity and accountability within the industry.”

     

    Other proposed changes include:

    • The removal of a requirement for clubs to report changes to the board within a week
    • The introduction of cashless ticket-in, ticket-out technology on gaming machines
    • The removal of the renewal requirement for clubs and hotel gaming machine licences, saving $435 per applicant.

     

     

     

    Panel members include:

     

    Geoff Harley

    Chair

    Consultant, Clayton Utz Lawyers, Brisbane

    David Ford

    Department of Justice and Attorney General

    Paul Martyn

    Tourism Division, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Commonwealth Games

    Linda Woo

    Office of Regulatory Policy, Department of Justice and Attorney-General

    Mike Sarquis

    Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation, Department of Justice and Attorney-General

    Daniel Gschwind

    Queensland Tourism Industry Council

    TBA

    Local Government Association of Queensland

    Justin O’Connor

    Queensland Hotels Association

    Doug Flockhart

    Clubs Queensland

    John Hart

    Restaurant and Catering Industry Association

    Sarosh Mehta

    Cabarets Queensland

    Bill Darby

    Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd Advisory Panel

    Derek Tuffield

    Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld

    Gambling Help Toowoomba South-West

    Colette McCool

    Social Planning and Development Branch, Gold Coast City Council

    Commissioner or representative

    Queensland Police Service

    Angela Driscoll

    Gold Coast Chill Out Zone

    TBA

    Australasian Casino Association

     

    [ENDS] 20 September 2012

     

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