Labor’s answer for small business… just add another bureaucrat

15 Jun 2011 2:49 PMJann Stuckey

15 June 2011

This tired 20 year old government’s answer to cutting red tape is add another Bligh bureaucrat while duplicating the work load of the Office for Regulatory Efficiency (QORE), the State Opposition said today. 

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said Queensland’s small business community needed action to cut red tape not more bureaucrats.

“The appointment of a business commissioner is a further waste of tax-payers money when we already have an office of regulatory efficiency and is a further vote of no confidence in the Minister.

“I meet and talk with our State’s small business operators regularly to hear first-hand the issues they are facing. 

“The LNP knows that struggling small businesses need direct action now and not a Labor appointed so-called Business Commissioner,” said Ms Stuckey.

“The Bligh government’s budget yesterday confirmed what far too many small business operators tell me all too frequently, that Labor has walked away from them.

“Notably, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Queensland has stated they ‘cannot fully recognise the promising features of the State Budget when many fiscal fundamentals are dramatically out of step with the other states’.

“I thought the (QORE) was supposed to lead regulatory reform, increase the productivity and competitiveness of Queensland and enhance the attractiveness of our State to tourists and outside investment. 

“Labor’s budget proved this lazy government knows how to do just two things – how to waste tax payers’ money and add to their own bureaucracy.

“From Cairns to Coolangatta, many mum and dad-run small businesses have been going to the wall and this Budget gives Queensland small business owners no hope for the future.

“Even before the so-called summer of disasters, our State’s small businesses were hurting because of Labor and this budget has offered nothing positive to lift business confidence.

“Only the LNP will cut waste and deliver more to boost business confidence,” Ms Stuckey said.