LNP listens to small business’ call for red tape cuts

3 Mar 2011 12:40 PMJann Stuckey

3 March 2011

CUTTING red tape and high compliance costs was critical if the Sunshine Coast was to rebound, Shadow Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey said today.

Ms Stuckey, visiting the Coast with local MP Fiona Simpson to meet with small businesses and appear at a Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce forum, said that Queensland was the most highly regulated in Australia with over 70,000  pages of regulation.

“I have been meeting with Coast small businesses who gave me a strong message about their passion for this area going ahead, but they’re hurting. And they’re being hurt by the high cost of doing business on the Coast and in Queensland,” Ms Stuckey said.

“People are bearing the burden of high living costs, imposed by Government, but they also have it duplicated in their businesses. It’s a double whammy.”

 Ms Stuckey, who comes from a small business background and who is also a director of a medical practice with her husband, said  her number one priority in government was relieving that red tape burden so small businesses could compete and grow.

“Recent statistics show Queensland was lagging behind the rest of Australia before the floods and cyclone – and that’s reflected in the Sunshine Coast’s economy. The State Government’s heavy regulatory framework and high costs are leading reasons.

“The Labor Government has squashed business confidence and we’re committed to rebuilding it as we come from a business background and now that’s how you grow jobs and improve people’s lifestyle.”