Ar­mistice an ex­cep­tion

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - EX­CLU­SIVE JACK McKAY

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.

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