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The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA) is the peak industry body representing Australian newsagencies and lottery agents. There are 4000 individually owned and operated newsagencies in the country and together they make up Australia's largest retail and home delivery group.
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ALNA Membership

Through strength and size, the ALNA has the necessary means to achieve outcomes difficult to achieve by a single business.

For just $876 per annum*, your ALNA membership gives you access to industry representation, complimentary advice on industrial relations and leasing matters, discounts on insurance, access to accredited industry training courses, and so much more.

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*Membership prices vary by state. Membership fee is capped at $876 per annum.

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Queensland Government Consultation on Wholesale and Retail Tobacco Licencing Scheme

Late last year the Queensland Government accepted a recommendation from a Legislative Assembly Committee inquiry into tobacco licensing, to consider the implementation of a positive wholesale and retail tobacco licencing scheme in Queensland.

ALNA, as a representative stakeholder has been invited by the QLD Department of Health to engage with the department on the consultation in regards to this. The consultation period will occur throughout 2017 and will allow for an open and transparent consultation process that members can participate in both through ALNA and individually.

ALNA is supportive of suitable licensing schemes to both register and outline the responsibilities of tobacco retailers, such as the NSW model, which successfully achieves this while avoiding unnecessary red tape for small businesses and with no additional cost for them. A proposal being considered for QLD is a 'positive' model requiring a licence fee. ALNA is not opposed to tobacco licence fees out of hand, where these are measured and appropriately set, and where they are equitably applied. We do not support 'positive' licencing models like Tasmania's that has the effect of excluding particular retailers from participating. ALNA recently sought an opportunity to meet with Mr Mark West - Director, Health and Wellbeing Policy in the Prevention Division of the Department of Health who is overseeing the consultation.

QLD General Manager, Nickola Szczepanski, attended the meeting along with QLD ALNA Director, Robert Castellani, and ALNA Policy Manager, Ben Kearney, on teleconference. We met with Mark and his staff to learn more about the consultation.

The department were clear that the government wants smoking rates to come down in QLD and were very happy to engage with us on the potential models being considered and the scope of the consultation, so that we could allay any fears our members might have about it. They said that the job of business is to get on with business and they were happy to have a constructive dialogue to this end.

Some of the concerns we raised related to appropriate licensing fees and avoiding unnecessary regulatory red tape for our member small businesses. We outlined the issues we have had with the tripling of tobacco licence fees in Tasmania, that has resulted in a flat fee that is now quite inequitable for small retailers to participate in. The Department said that there are examples of differentiated pricing models and we discussed examples of this currently in QLD legislation. We also discussed the NSW 'negative' tobacco licence model (no fee) and the department said that this could be considered.

We also raised concerns such as the scope and purpose of the scheme. Our concerns stem from the Governments response to the committee last year, where they said that topics for consideration include, "the potential of a licensing scheme to further reduce smoking rates by limiting supply". It would concern us if any of our retailers were unfairly excluded through licence price, certain employees being restricted, location or number of retailer restrictions. The department said that there is no definitive answer to these emerging topics and that the consultation process will inform options and impacts. We discussed our concerns about introducing eligibility criteria like these for people selling Tobacco.

We also asked if e-cigarettes would be part of the consultation? They said that under Queensland law these products are considered to be smoking products, so they will not be excluded.

The engagement with the department was overwhelmingly constructive and was a very worthwhile opportunity for us to get across potential impacts on our members while understanding what the department and government are aiming to achieve from this consultation.

Ben Kearney
ALNA General Manager Policy, Government & Stakeholder Relations

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