Small Business urged to ‘blow the whistle’ on waste and red tape

21 Jun 2011 12:44 PMJann Stuckey

21 June 2011

GOLD Coast business owners concerned about the rising costs of doing business and Government waste have had their say at a round table forum today, the State Opposition said.
The LNP Waste Watch Shadow Minister Fiona Simpson and Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey invited local business owners and industry representatives to a special meeting to share their concerns about government red tape and higher compliance costs.
Ms Simpson started her statewide forums with a visit to the Gold Coast to meet with businesses who were hurting from high cost of living pressures fed by wasteful government policies. 
“Queenslanders are paying the price for Labor’s economic mismanagement, with $85 billion in debt being racked up with an interest bill of $595,000 an hour, our AAA credit rating lost, and taxes and charges skyrocketing,” Shadow Minister for Waste Watch, Fiona Simpson said.
“The LNP Waste Watch website and our forums will give Queenslanders an opportunity to ‘blow the whistle on waste’. We urge people to participate and together we can reduce the debt, restore the AAA rating and ensure taxpayer funds are used more wisely.”
Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business, Jann Stuckey recently launched the LNP Small Business Questionnaire in Rockhampton and wants to hear from as many operators as possible.
“People are bearing the burden of high living costs, imposed by Government, but this burden is also duplicated in their businesses. It’s a double whammy,” said Ms Stuckey.
“The LNP is serious about addressing Labor’s waste and overregulation of Queensland’s 386,000 small businesses.
“Queensland is already the most highly regulated state in Australia with over 80,000 pages of legislation and regulations,” said Ms Stuckey.
“Recent statistics show Queensland was lagging behind the rest of Australia before the floods and cyclone – and that’s reflected in the Gold Coast’s economy. 
“The Can Do LNP team and locals working together can hold the Government accountable for the misuse of funds, help get Queensland’s financial books back in order and stop taking hard working Queensland taxpayers for granted.”