Armistice an exception
QUEENSLANDERS will be legally allowed to play two-up this Remembrance Day as one way to mark a century since the end of World War I.
The Palaszczuk Government will today announce that the 100th anniversary of the Armistice will be a designated day to play the game popular among World War I Diggers.
It is currently legal to play two-up only on Anzac Day, but the Government will allow it to be played at RSL clubs and sub-branches tomorrow under a one-off exemption.
The move followed a request from a number of RSL sub-branches that wanted to conduct two-up games after their traditional Remembrance Day services.
Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said it was a small but pertinent nod to “those who went before us and the sacrifices they made”.
“As it is the centenary of the Armistice this year, with a broad community recognition of its significance and wide range of community activities, RSL Queensland supported two-up being conducted on Remembrance Day 2018,” she said.
Anzac Day has been the only day when the exception for two-up has applied. It was introduced as part of the Charitable and Non-Profit Gaming Regulation in 2011.
Two-up involves tossing two coins, traditionally pennies, in the air and betting on how they will fall.
RSL Queensland president Tony Ferris welcomed the Government’s decision to grant the one-off exemption.
“Two-up has a long history and is very popular on Anzac Day, so we’re looking forward to mates getting together over a toss of the coins,” he said.
RSL and Services Clubs Association Queensland chief executive Penny Wilson said the organisation was also delighted with the decision.
“The playing of two-up is entwined in our history and we are most grateful that it is going to be legal on Remembrance Day in RSL and services clubs,” she said.