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24 April 2018

Ministerial media release: Anzac Day a time for respectful commemoration

Issued by Minister for Racing Paul Toole and Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliot

Minister for Racing Paul Toole is encouraging licensed venues to prepare for increased Anzac Day patronage and ensure events including two-up games are wellrun on this national day of remembrance.

Pubs and clubs played an important role on Anzac Day, providing a place for mates to come together and reminisce, and pay respects to veterans past and present, Mr Toole said.

“Anzac Day is one of three days a year this game can be played in NSW outside of Broken Hill and while venues don’t need a permit, they are encouraged to fully understand and observe the traditional rules of two-up.”

Mr Toole encouraged pub and club patrons playing two-up to enjoy the experience and atmosphere and ensure they gamble responsibly.

“Liquor & Gaming NSW will be conducting inspections of licensed premises on Anzac Day to ensure compliance with liquor and gaming laws to help make the day an enjoyable and safe event for all,” Mr Toole said.

Licenced venues have also been reminded to ensure their advertising and promotions are respectful, responsible and align with the liquor promotion guidelines.

“Liquor & Gaming NSW has been monitoring promotions in the lead up to Anzac Day to ensure events are being promoted responsibly,” Mr Toole said.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said the words ‘Anzac Day’ or images associated with them should not be used in a way that the community would find offensive or that trivialises commemorations.

“Anzac Day commemorations across NSW honour servicemen and women past and present, and as such, it is important that venues conduct promotions and events respectfully,” Mr Elliott said.

MEDIA: Ashley Gardiner 0429 063 494