They're at the barriers. Starter takes the stand. Light on... Racing in the 2019 Melbourne Industry Cup.
Where did Hospitality finish? I'll tell you, stone cold motherless last. The field assembled by Chief Handicapper, Dapper Dan, can be viewed at premier.vic.gov.au/the-team/ and I've done the form. We came in at 15th in the weights, but drew awkwardly. Our horse 'MARTY' never stoood a chance.
15. 'MARTY PAKULA' (21) 9YO BROWN GELDING
Listed 15-21 in Dapper Dan's Cabinet (where he is top weight). I'm assuming, that is the pecking order.
Minister for the Coordination of Jobs, Precincts and Regions - COVID-19
Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events
Minister for Racing (You would have thought he had more pull with the handicapper)
No mention of hospitality, but we would start favourite in each of these portfolios. I've watched all his trials and previous starts. You can see his full form at martinpakula.com.au
I'll save you the trouble and search through the 400 odd media releases with 5 Key 'search terms'.
HOSPITALITY 1 Result
UPGRADING THE BALLARAT GREYHOUND RACING CLUB
HOTELS 1 Result
NAPTHINE’S GAMING TAX WILL HURT REGIONAL PUBS AND CLUBS
BARS 1 result
MAJOR INVESTMENT IN CRANBOURNE RACING
RESTAURANTS 2 Results MELBOURNE SET TO SERVE UP THE WORLD’S BEST TENNIS
A SUPER SATURDAY FOR GRAZING RACE GOERS
CAFES 0 Results
I get the feeling, Marty doesn't mind a flutter.
I did stumble across a 2016 media release (Cheers Ronnie) pre cabinet reshuffle when Jacinta Allen was Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Employment, it reads:
"Melbourne's retail and hospitality sector are booming, creating jobs, economic growth and a buzzing international city". Melbourne's CBD alone houses 19,000 businesses, catering for 854,000 people on a typical weekday, employing 63,000 people and contributing more than $5.5 billion to the city's economy. The culinary economy is 'setting the pace' with an astounding 32.8% increase in food expenditure. It goes on, praising the hospitality industry and it's major role in a strong economy. It concludes, "The Andrews Labor Government is supporting these vital sectors..." Oh yeah, how? It doesn't say. Maybe Marty will get the Quaddie.
Dapper needs to get on the blower to ScoMo, to remind him that we need help to save our prized horse, the vet bills are mounting. In 2009, Holden received $200m in funding to protect 6,500 jobs. The government backed the wrong horse and blew the lot on a broken down nag. Maybe they should bet on an industry that employs 777,300 people (Australian Industry and Skills Commitee) and that has an outside chance?
When will our industry no longer be a maiden? When will ScoMo, Dapper Dan and Marty back us off the map? Turn us from rank outsider to outright favourite, then get in the queue. There's a big bag of cash to collect when we hit the line. Go, you good thing!