The facts: 26,250 have jobs in pubs. Many more are employed to service the industry, ranging from wineries to tradies. In fact, SA hotels purchased over $1.23 billion in locally supplied liquor, beverages and food last year. Unnecessary changes being proposed by vote-seeking politicians will place thousands of livelihoods at risk.
The facts: Wiping out gaming would result in a government tax ‘black hole’ equivalent to putting some 3,000 teachers or nurses out of work. (Channel Ten News 9 January 2018)
The State Governments forward estimates have budgeted for tax income from gaming machines of $1,126 Billion over the next four years.
The facts: Hotels employ 26,250 people with direct employment. Banning gaming machines or drastically reducing bet sizes in hotels will mean massive job losses and will see many smaller venues ceasing to trade. The most vulnerable – uni students and return-to-work mums – will be hardest hit. Banks will foreclose on loans immediately, not waiting for six to eight years.
The facts: In most if not all community surveys, gaming does not rank as a first, second or third tier issue with voters at all (that is, 0% of people surveyed raised gaming as an issue). The top issues are:
The facts: The term ‘Baron’ is a cynical political strategy to deliberately demonise a sector of the business community for political gain. The facts are that 87% of SA hotels are family and SME based. In 2017, many hotels ceased operation due to economic hardship. These were predominantly regional and country. The number of hotels in SA continues to fall each year.