Australian Hotels Association
The campaign by the Australian Hotels Association against small bars is a classic example of commercial self-interest dressed up as community high-mindedness.
In essence, the organisation that has a vested interest in plying us all with liquor is arguing that licensed establishments are now at a premium. This closed-shop mentality is affecting the quality of life for those Australian cities where drinking options are confined to the traditional pub or club alternatives.
It is kind of amazing that a city such as Melbourne, a cold windswept town unblessed by natural beauty, has transformed itself into an excellent place to be courtesy of a vibrant bar and restaurant culture. Yet other Australian cities which are trying to adopt similar policies are being held back, principally by the self-interest and influence of the AHA.
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Just when you thought that funnelling your hard earned cash into a soulless machine in the darkest reaches of a hotel couldn’t get anymore depressing, it turns out now your kids can watch.
Disturbingly, The Pink Hill Hotel in Beaconsfield has been given permission to build a children’s playroom enclosed with soundproof glass so that parents can keep an eye on their children from the gaming room. Fabulous!
Now the whole family can revel in the joys of daddy getting 3 pyramids in a row on the Queen of the Nile.
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I enjoy a drink as much as the next person. Unless that next person happens to be Fiona O’Loughlin. Or Andrew Symonds.
But the Australian Hotels Association’s opposition to a cancer fundraiser is just plain wrong.
Three blokes who’ve lost loved ones to cancer have started Dry July to raise money for Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital.
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