CCIQ welcomes new-look LNP economic team

Monday 9 May, 2016

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says it looks forward to working with the new LNP Shadow Cabinet to grow small business.

CCIQ Director of Advocacy Nick Behrens said small business had previously enjoyed a positive working relationship with new LNP Leader Tim Nicholls and his economic team.

“We look forward to continuing this relationship to develop economic and business policies squarely focused on our economy,” he said.

“Small business is the backbone of the state’s economy, employing over one million Queenslanders and providing over $100 billion in Gross State Product.”

Mr Behrens said LNP policy to lift the payroll tax emption threshold to $1.6 million was what small business wanted as it would help growth and employment.

CCIQ has previously worked with new Shadow Treasurer and Small Business Minister Scott Emerson on projects involving transport infrastructure and future economic growth.

“We have also worked with other members of the LNP economic team, Deb Frecklington, Jarrod Bliejie and Andrew Powell, on red tape reduction, workers’ compensation and energy reform.

“CCIQ congratulates all new appointments and will work with the LNP – as it does with the Palaszczuk Government – to build policies to help small business grow and employ.”

Mr Behrens said CCIQ – with its understanding, engagement and relationship with the 400,000 small businesses in Queensland – could provide insight and assistance to all sides of politics.

“The Chamber’s previous experience is that a robust Opposition inevitably lifts the performance and functionality of the Government of the day,” he said.

“We will work hand-in-hand with the Palaszczuk Government and the LNP Opposition to ensure Queensland has the stand-out business operating environment in Australia.”

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