Federal Labor Focus on Skills Welcome Although Small Business a Secondary Consideration: CCIQ

Friday 5 April, 2019 | By: Dan Petrie

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has welcomed Federal Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten’s Federal Budget reply with a big emphasis on skills and training but would remind the alternate government that small business is the key to unlocking a take up in apprenticeships.

Federal Labor has provided a budget reply that focused heavily on service delivery and little on the mechanism that drives economic activity, the business community.

CCIQ Head of Industry, Dan Petrie said the opposition’s reply focused on government service delivery around the national disability insurance scheme and promising tax cuts for low income workers whilst all but ignoring the sector which pays for it;  small business.

“The budget reply from the opposition, while in the large part was in step with the government’s document sadly ventured into the politics of envy as opposed to focusing longer term reform around simplifying the tax system.

“Government frames policy and the ability of the economy to thrive within said framework and this comes from empowering small business, removing complexities from three levels of government and focusing on the levers which achieve that end goal.

“Disappointingly, small business was not an area of focus in this budget reply,” Mr Petrie said. 

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