Not a thing for small business

15 Jun 2011 2:44 PMJann Stuckey

14 June 2011

QUEENSLAND’S struggling small business sector was forgotten in the budget.

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said the long-term Labor government provided no reprieve from business taxes and charges and red tape.

“There’s nothing there, nothing,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It’s a budget that reflects Labor’s complete lack of understanding of how hard small business is struggling to pay their water and electricity bills, to pay for fuel. Plus there’s been a record increase in fees and charges heaped on them by this Labor government.

“Labor’s crazy levels of compliance regulations were costing more than $6.5 billion a year, according to research from the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Queensland (CCIQ) which showed the number of pages of new and amended business laws and regulations was up nearly a quarter on just three years ago.

Ms Stuckey said Small Business Minister Jan Jarratt had all but walked away from the small business community.

“No government has done more to strangle business in red tape and compliance costs than this long-term Labor government.

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

“Even before the so-called summer of disasters, small businesses were hurting and this budget offers nothing positive to lift business confidence.

“Only the LNP will cut waste deliver more to boost business confidence.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919
Ref :CCIQ Summary of Regulatory “Creep” in Qld