Small business calls for Palaszczuk to start governing

THE Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland has predicted 2016 would be a "make-or-break" year for the Palaszczuk government.

CCIQ advocacy director Nick Behrens has warned the small business community's patience with the new and relatively inexperienced Labor government would not last much longer.

The group is calling on ministers to move on from their consultative approach, and champion the change necessary to grow Queensland's economy.

Mr Behrens said 2016 would be a make-or-break year as the government responded to the tsunami of reviews it had commissioned.

"The State Treasurer Curtis Pitt finds himself at the crossroads following a promising start with the State Budget in July," he said.

"The fiscal restraint evident in July has already largely been undone by a ballooning public service, as confirmed by the (mid-year fiscal and economic review) in December.

"Even more of a worry is a state economy that is domestically stalled and in need of dramatic priming."

Mr Behrens lamented the loss of the LNP's Strong Choices plan to pay down debt, reinvest in infrastructure and deliver lower electricity prices as a casualty of the election result.

"From a small business perspective, 2015 has been a challenging year with a surprising election result that caused much of the previous State Government's reform momentum to be halted," he said.

"The Palaszczuk government's legislative agenda to date has largely been around unwinding LNP reforms, cashing in on anti-Newman sentiment and delivering outcomes driven by the unquestionable influence that the Queensland union movement has on this government.

"Disappointingly, key policies of reducing the impact of payroll tax on small business and delivering lower workers' compensation premiums were abandoned or unwound - adding a half billion dollars to the cost of doing business in Queensland."

Mr Behrens said the government also needed to invest more in infrastructure. - APN NEWSDESK


Palaszczuk government high:

Investing $180 million in the Advance Queensland program, placing knowledge-based industries at the core of Queensland's economic strategy

Palaszczuk government low:

The Strong Choices campaign of asset recycling becoming an election casualty, which significantly impedes the state's ability to pay down debt and reinvest in infrastructure.

Source: CCIQ

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