NEWS Loblaws supermarket in Montreal Canada offering a variety of products all year round WINE WARS QHA REVIEW | 8 Fed up with Canada’s “protectionist” policies regarding imported wine, the Australian Government made a formal complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in January. Minister for Trade, Tourism And Investment Steven Ciobo said the action marked the first step in commencing formal consultations with Canada regarding measures that impose arbitrary and disadvantageous restrictions on the sale of imported wine in Canadian grocery stores that were inconsistent with Canada’s WTO obligations. “While it would have been preferable to resolve this issue bilaterally, it is appropriate to commence dispute proceedings given the lack of progress,” he said. The move was welcomed by the Winemakers Federation of Australia chief executive Tony Battaglene who accused Canada’s provincial liquor boards of discriminating in favour of locally produced wine. “Canada is Australia’s fourth most valuable export market at around $190 million and remains a very important destination for Australian wine,” he said. “We respect the Canadian wine industry, but we are seeking a level playing field to ensure we can maximise our opportunities in this key market.” He said the federation was delighted the Australian Government decided to take action over these issues. “The WTO provides a rules-based system that is vital to ensuring countries around the world ensure their regulations are fair and non-discriminatory. The winners will be Australian producers and Canadian consumers.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada, Natasha Nystrom, told The Australian that while wine distribution and sales in Canada were a provincial rather than a federal responsibility, a small number of laws Australia had taken issue with were federal. “The government works closely with all provinces and territories to ensure their liquor distribution and sales policies are consistent with our international trade commitments,” she said. According to WTO rules, Canada had 60 days to settle the wine war before Australia could ask the WTO to adjudicate with a view to forcing Canada to change its laws or risk trade sanctions.
NEWS CAIRNS HOTEL GIVES AWAY 1ST $1 MILLION- PLUS JACKPOT OF 2018 ALH Group’s Balaclava Hotel has claimed the honour of giving away the first Play 10 jackpot for 2018, worth a cool $1,521,173, to two regular customers. The $1.5M cash prize was won by two Cairns mechanics in their 30s who were having a New Year’s lunch catch-up at the popular Cairns pub. The hotel’s Assistant Manager, Tim Turner, broke the good news to the winners, saying “hopefully it shows that we’re a lucky spot and it feels fantastic to make someone’s day”. Incredibly, 2017’s second Play 10 jackpot – a whopping $1,946,086 – was also won by two mechanic workmates, aged 31 and 37, at another ALH venue, Mackay’s Austral Hotel. The first for the year was won at the Manly Hotel. Other Queensland hotels to give away a $1 million-plus jackpot in 2017 were the Isa Hotel, Post Office Hotel in Mossman, Wattle Hotel in Upper Coomera, Redcliffe Tavern, and Browns Plains Hotel. The jackpot is the fourth $1 million-plus Keno jackpot to be won by Queenslanders in just three and a half weeks. “Queensland Keno players have won more than $6.2M since 13 December, capping off a great year for the Sunshine State,” said State Manager Dave Dicker. “WE’RE RAPT THAT THE FIRST MAJOR JACKPOT FOR 2018 WAS WON BY A QUEENSLAND HOTEL PATRON AND THAT THEY TOOK HOME SEVEN $1 MILLION-PLUS JACKPOTS LAST YEAR,” “We’re rapt that the first major jackpot for 2018 was won by a Queensland hotel patron and that they took home seven $1 million-plus jackpots last year,” Dicker said. Last year was Keno’s 20th anniversary in Queensland, marking two decades since Keno was first offered in the state back in 1997. QHA REVIEW | 9
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