Small Business voices its priorities ahead of the 2017 State Election

Thursday 9 November, 2017 | By: James Flaherty

Queensland small businesses go into the November 25 State Election most calling on all sides of politics to commit to addressing energy costs, infrastructure investment across Queensland, and payroll tax.

An exclusive Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) and ReachTEL poll of more than 1,500 small and medium enterprises across the state has highlighted key issues ahead of the upcoming poll.

Over 73 per cent of businesses noted the rising costs of electricity as the single most significant issues that had to be addressed by the next Queensland Government.

CCIQ General Manager of Advocacy, Kate Whittle, said the upcoming election would not only determine the next Premier and Government, but also the course of the state’s economy and business conditions over the next three years.

“CCIQ is determined that the issues of concern and importance for Queensland small businesses stay at the forefront of the State Election policy debate until the November 25 poll,” Ms Whittle said.

The CCIQ – ReachTEL Election Survey was conducted in October, with more than 1,500 small businesses having their say on issues of concern and importance ahead of the November election.

“CCIQ conducted the survey to determine priority issues for small business on key election issues, such as state finances and budget repair, business costs and red tape, innovation, and workforce skilling and development in Queensland,” Ms Whittle said.

The top seven election issues for Queensland small businesses are:

  • Electricity prices;
  • Payroll tax;
  • Red tape;
  • Workforce skilling;
  • Infrastructure investment;
  • State finances and budget repair; and
  • Innovation to drive small business growth.

Ms Whittle said CCIQ would use the results from the survey to encourage the major political parties to create the optimal environment in Queensland for business to grow and employ.

“CCIQ will forward to all candidates and the executives of the LNP and the ALP the results of this research and key recommendations that all political parties must act on to improve the business operating environment in Queensland.”

“Regardless of who forms the next Government, it is essential that they implement a policy program that addresses the issues of concern raised by small business,” Ms Whittle said.

“CCIQ is seeking a formal response, which will be closely scrutinised to ascertain how key issues will be addressed under a future Government.

“We will not hesitate to call them out on it if they don’t address small business requirements and will be surveying businesses just prior to election day to see which parties have put forward policies to successfully address the issues."

“Ultimately when people vote, they should do so on the basis of who they think will best address the concerns raised in this survey, delivering a landscape for business to grow, employ and provide the foundation for community prosperity.”

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