Federal Election 2019

This year, Queensland is shaping up to be a major political battleground. How we vote will decide the next Australian Government.

Thousands of Queenslanders own a small business. Millions more work in one. And we all depend on small business every day. So we're asking every Queenslander to cast their vote for the candidate who will stand up for small business. 

We're fighting for small business in five important areas.

Workplace Laws

A Fair Work system built on collaboration, not conflict.

What you've told us:

  • We need a less confusing wages system to make it easier for employers to pay correctly
  • Fix the Fair Work complaints process so genuine claims can be resolved faster
  • Workers should have the right to make an agreement directly with their employer
  • Wage increases should be linked to productivity gains so workers share in growth
  • Give more young people a start by keeping the minimum wage affordable
  • Prevent unions using single-business disputes to call industry wide strikes

Tax

Stop the argy bargy and build a modern tax system.

What you've told us:

  • All businesses should be guaranteed a 25% company tax rate, but especially those with turnover under $50M
  • The instant asset write-off should be permanent and the cap increased every year
  • Get rid of or consolidate around 100 state, federal and local taxes which only raise 10% of all tax revenue
  • We should investigate increasing the GST as a way of abolishing payroll tax and lowering income tax
  • The government should review its expenditure to repair the budget and pay down debt faster

Power Prices

Affordable energy and better energy security.

What you've told us:

  • Australia needs an energy and climate policy which puts downward pressure on power prices, like the National Energy Guarantee
  • Sustainably increasing gas development will give domestic businesses more affordable supply
  • Small business should receive tax deductions for investments in energy assets like solar panels, batteries and other technology
  • We need to streamline processes to avoid duplication, inconsistencies and competing agendas

Skills

A bigger base of workers with skills for the future.

What you've told us:

  • Funding stripped from the VET sector should be replaced, and more apprenticeship incentives offered
  • A competitive training system should include public and private providers, governed by an effective national regulator
  • Teachers and trainers need more support to lift the overall standard of education
  • There should be more on-the-job training developed and delivered by real employers, and formal recognition for short courses
  • Employers should be allowed to bring in overseas workers across all skilled occupations, without the red tape of labour market testing

Infrastructure

Better investment in productive infrastructure.

What you've told us:

  • Brisbane's Cross River Rail project must go ahead
  • We need to extend the Bruce Highway to Cairns Airport
  • To keep Queensland moving Mackay and Rockhampton need ring roads, and Port of Gladstone needs a heavy vehicle access road
  • A weir needs to be built at Rookwood for agriculture and industry
  • Townsville needs an upgrade of the Burdekin Dam to deliver permanent water security
  • Widening and deepening Townsville Port will open up more trade and tourism