Queensland Hotels and Pubs

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises the hardships faced by rural and remote towns in Queensland, which range from the physical threats of harsh droughts and bushfires, to the mental health threats associated with isolation such as depression and loneliness;

(b) notes:

(i) the important social and economic benefits that pubs and hotels confer on rural and remote towns in Queensland, and

(ii) that pubs and hotels in rural and remote Queensland towns operate in environments vastly different to hotels in larger commercial centres; and

(c) supports any proposals that reduce the burden of licensing fees on these social and economic hubs.