Anzac Day coming up: Wollongong’s McCabe Park

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And over the road at the Illawarra Leagues Club:

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Two-up laws explained

Anzac Day is the one day of the year where two-up is legal in Victoria, while in New South Wales, two-up can be played on not only Anzac day, but any other designated commemorative days. In contrast, people in Queensland who are participating in games of two-up any time of the year will be breaking the law.

The Gambling (Two-Up) Act in New South Wales and Victoria’s s 2.3.2 Gambling Regulation Act allows two-up to be played on Anzac Day if certain conditions are met.

In New South Wales, the Gambling (Two-up) Act requires that games are played on a not for profit basis, or in the case of a club: no entrance fee to a premises that is holding a two-up game is allowed. Furthermore, clubs that host games of two-up must donate all proceeds to a charity, or a charitable cause.

Section 9 of the Gambling (Two-Up) Act has special provisions allowing certain areas in Broken Hill to hold games if it is council run, or the council has approved a venue for games to be held. Broken Hill has special exemption due to the fact that popular games of two-up were conducted in a café until it was forced to stop running games in 1984. The Gambling (Two-Up) Act was amended in 1992 to allow Broken Hill to re-introduce two-up, provided certain requirements were met. New South Wales also allows two-up to be played on the Victory of the Pacific Day (15 August) and Remembrance Day after 12 pm.

In Victoria, the local RSL club and venues approved by the Minister for Gaming are the only places where two-up may be played.

BUT as of February 2012 >>>

COME in spinner, the traditional game of two-up will now be legal in Queensland RSL Clubs this Anzac Day.

Legislation was passed in [Queensland] State parliament this week allowing two-up to be played in RSL Clubs on Anzac Day and other days specifically requested by RSL sub-branches, such as Vietnam Veterans Day.

While authorities have always turned a blind eye to the game, it was previously illegal despite its significance to retired Australian servicemen who have played two-up since before World War I.

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