‘Adequate protection’ for Qld small business goes missing

11 May 2011 1:01 PMJann Stuckey

11 May 2011

BLIGH Labor’s Small Business Minster needed a title change to ‘Minister for Crippling Business’ after her answer in parliament today on providing Queensland small businesses adequate protection from the Gillard carbon tax.

LNP Shadow Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey said Labor’s Jan Jarratt rolled into a blubbering ball when asked why there was no mention for small business in the Bligh Labor eight-point plan for carbon.

“The Minister boasted to Brisbane Business News in March she would be …’advocating hard for adequate protection for Queensland’s small businesses…” faced with a crippling carbon tax.

“Given that the Premier’s eight-point plan does not mention small business once, will the Minister admit that she has already failed to deliver the protection promised for small business?” Shadow Minister Jann Stuckey asked.

Ms Stuckey said the Minister’s weak reply revealed that she had little interest or understanding in the plight of small businesses, telling them to simply trust the Federal Labor Government.

“For Queensland small businesses swimming against Labor’s king tide of cost hikes including electricity, water, fuel, rego and pile of licence fees and compliance costs the Minister’s response only heightened their fears.

“Small businesses will not have any confidence in Jarratt to protect them from Labor’s carbon tax,” Ms Stuckey said.