Election date provides business certainty

Sunday 29 October, 2017 | By: James Flaherty

CCIQ has commended Anastasia Palaszczuk’s decision to call a Queensland election for 25 November and now calls on all sides of politics to address the political vacuum that small business believes exists in the state.

CCIQ’s General Manager Advocacy, Kate Whittle, said going to the polls will be beneficial “On Friday CCIQ called on the Premier to go to the polls and we are delighted that the voice of small businesses from across Queensland have been heard.

“The Suncorp CCIQ Pulse Survey of Business Conditions had shown that business confidence has stalled as endless election speculation meant that small businesses had put off investing and employing until the uncertainty ended. We applaud the Premier for ending the speculation.”

With 414,000 small business owners in Queensland, the small business vote will have a significant bearing on who forms the next government and small businesses have identified 5 key areas that they wish to see addressed.

Business want to see all sides of politics commit to:

  • Reducing electricity prices;
  • Lifting the payroll tax exemption threshold;
  • Increasing regional infrastructure investment;
  • Improving workforce skills and development programs throughout Queensland’s regions; and
  • Promoting small business growth.

According to Ms Whittle, the small business vote is very much up in the air, “CCIQ and ReachTEL recently surveyed over 1,500 small businesses from across Queensland, with over a third indicating they would vote for a minor party at the polls.

“The small business vote is currently split in Queensland with both major parties losing a significant share of votes to Independents, One Nation and the Greens.

“It means that now, more than ever, Labor and The LNP must address the issues important to business with meaningful policies that will help them to grow and employ.

“If Queensland is to have a stable, majority government then Ms Palaszczuk and Mr Nicholls have 28 days to convince small business to vote for them.”

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