LNP’s Economic Blueprint will get Mareeba and Mossman jobs back on track

6 Mar 2012 4:20 PMJann Stuckey

6 March 2012

THE LNP’s economic blueprint will cut payroll tax, red tape and regulation to give small businesses in Far North Queensland the power to create more jobs and get government off their backs, LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said today.

ON her way to Mareeba and Mossman to meet with local small business owners and local LNP candidate for Cook, David Kempton tomorrow (Wednesday 7/3), Ms Stuckey said the LNP’s blueprint would see payroll tax cut by raising the exemption threshold from $1 million to $1.6 million over six years and red tape slashed.

“LNP Candidate for Cook David Kempton understands that local small businesses are the engine room of the local economy and the key creator of jobs,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Under the tired, 20-year Labor government, Far North Queensland and communities such as Mareeba and Mossman now have a higher rate of unemployment than the rest of Queensland which is just not good enough.

“Our payroll tax cut will provide more job opportunities and job security for families.”

Ms Stuckey said the LNP’s payroll tax cut will create over 4000 new jobs for Queenslanders and mean less red tape for businesses.

“The LNP is committed to reducing unemployment in Queensland to 4 per cent in six years. Our cuts to payroll tax and red tape are a necessary step in the right direction to make this happen.

“We are also committed to a series of Fiscal Principles to control spending, return the budget to surplus by 2014-15, and pay down Labor’s $85 billion debt.”

Ms Stuckey said a strong and united LNP Government would establish a Commission of Audit within the first 100 days to chart a path back to the AAA credit rating lost under Labor.

“Under Labor’s watch, Queensland has the highest unemployment rate on mainland Australia.
 
“David Kempton understands that Mareeba and Mossman small business owners are sick and tired of Labor’s increasing red tape, taxes and charges which add extra burden to the costs of doing business and stifle employment.
 
“The LNP will grow a strong four-pillar economy and get government red tape off the back of small business to ensure jobs now and into the future for local residents.
 
 “We’re determined to fight Labor’s carbon tax and already the LNP has pledged to detail the cost of this jobs-destroying tax on electricity accounts so that every Queenslander knows exactly what they are paying on top of their already sky-high bills under Labor.

“It’s time for change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track.”