Small business thumbs down to Bligh government

23 Nov 2011 11:24 AMJann Stuckey

23 November 2011

The tired, 20 year old Queensland Labor Government has been rated the least popular in the country – in not one, but two small business surveys, with the tourism sector in particular struggling under the weight of Labor’s increased taxes, charges and red tape, the State Opposition said today.

Shadow Minister for Small Business Jann Stuckey said a massive sixty five percent of Queensland businesses were reportedly dissatisfied with the Bligh government and more than half of Queensland’s small businesses were also unhappy with the Gillard Labor government*.

“The remarkable 25 percent jump from 31 percent to 56 percent in dissatisfaction with Labor has been recorded in just three months among small and medium sized enterprises*,” said Ms Stuckey.

Ms Stuckey said the Queensland government had the highest dissatisfaction rating among mainland states at 65 per cent – up a massive 20 per cent since March.

“Labor’s bureaucracy is strangling small business, driving up consumer costs and forcing local manufacturing off-shore,” she said.

“Anna Bligh and Labor just don’t understand and don’t listen to small business about their concerns.

“Because of Labor’s ignorance or arrogance, the out of touch Labor government has failed to adequately support businesses – and this is reflected in both surveys,” she said.

Queensland business leaders have also revealed in another damning poll they are less confident than their counterparts in other states, with only 6 percent predicting economic improvement in 2012, compared to strong confidence levels in Western Australia (26 percent) and NSW (23 percent)**.

“The Bligh government is more concerned with bureaucratic process than good business outcomes – and this evidence proves it’s really hurting Queensland businesses,” she said.

Ms Stuckey said a Campbell Newman-led LNP government would cut bureaucratic red tape to reduce small business costs and keep Queensland competitive.

“The LNP team consists of MPs who have worked hard to run their own businesses.   Our team realises that small and medium sized enterprises are the backbone of the Queensland economy – unlike Labor’s cabinet of party careerists and apparatchiks, including Australia’s worst Treasurer Andrew Fraser, who has repeatedly failed to address the real needs of small business,” she said.

Ms Stuckey said today the LNP would be releasing a tourism strategy creating new opportunities for tourism businesses in Queensland.

“The LNP will grow a four pillar economy based on tourism, agriculture, resources and construction. 

“We will get Queensland businesses back on track,” Ms Stuckey said.

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919

* MYOB survey 23/11/11
** A new study by The Executive Connection (TEC)