Business As Usual as Count Continues

Sunday 26 November, 2017 | By: James Flaherty

The result of the 2017 State Election is still some way off yet, but it is “business as usual” for Queensland’s small business community.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) said small businesses would be back doing what they do best and, like the rest of the State, waiting patiently for an election outcome.

The extremely tight election campaign was always predicted to go down to the wire and has left Queensland in a state of flux with neither major party in a position to claim power.

With a record number of pre-poll and postal votes still to be counted, a definitive result might not be known until next week at the earliest.

CCIQ said it was imperative for the small business community that there was certainty once a decision had been made and a new Premier and State Government announced.

CCIQ General Manager of Advocacy Kate Whittle said the new Government – in whatever shape or form it finally took – would have an important role in helping shape and secure Queensland’s economic future.

She said a minority government was the least preferred outcome as it could “create a degree of uncertainty over the parliamentary term that could erode small business capacity to plan and make investment decisions.”

“CCIQ is hopeful it will be a Government of action and business-friendly policies,” Ms Whittle said.

“In the run up to the election all parties were aware of the issues that are facing small business in the state and made moves to address those challenges. It is of the utmost importance that those issues and solutions are not diluted in the inevitable negotiations that will take place.”

Rest assured, whatever happens with the election result, CCIQ will work diligently with all sides of politics to ensure small business owners and operators get the best outcome.

“We will be fighting hard for our members every step of the way and making sure that the new Government, its Premier, Treasurer and Small Business Minister hear what the requirements are for small businesses to thrive under their watch.”

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