29 May 2016 Federal Election
As we head towards the 2016 Federal Election, NSW Business Chamber Chief Executive, Stephen Cartwright, has called on all parties to commit to a practical plan to build a more competitive Australia. The national Chamber movement is asking all political parties to commit to 10 practical steps to make Australia a better place to do business and to re-gain our top 10 ranking in the Global Competitiveness Index within the next 10 years
Stephen Cartwright said “while other nations are embracing policies to make starting and growing a business easier, our political leaders seem unwilling to commit to sensible reforms that would allow us to compete in the global marketplace. What once were our biggest strengths – innovation, tax and workplace relations, are now our biggest weaknesses”
In practical terms, this means less investment, fewer jobs and missed opportunities for small and medium-sized Australian businesses.
10 steps towards a more competitive Australia and business priorities for the 2016 Federal election are;
- Give young people a chance to succeed by making it easier for employers to take on apprentices and trainees
- Ensure government spending is sustainable by reducing it to less than 25 per cent of GDP
- Help industries grow through workplace regulation that better responds to their needs
- Let entrepreneurs get on with growing their businesses by reducing government red tape each year
- Create jobs by allowing employers and employees to negotiate workplace arrangements that best meet their needs
- Boost incomes by cutting the company tax rate to 25 per cent through a 0.5 per cent reduction each year for a decade
- Build the transport, communications and energy facilities we need by backing the plan of the independent Infrastructure Australia
- Lower building costs by bringing back and retaining the Australian Building and Construction Commission
- Encourage innovation and value for money by facilitating greater competition in government-funded education, health and aged care services
- Welcome more international visitors by making visas cheaper and easier to obtain
If you would like to raise your own business priorities with the 2016 candidates for the seat of Lyne we are pleased to advise that we will be joined by Dr David Gillespie MP, Federal Member for Lyne, Julie Lyford OAM, the Greens Candidate for Lyne and Peter Alley, Labor Candidate for Lyne a the next Dungog District Chamber of Commerce dinner networking evening will be held on Thursday 23rd June, 2016 at Settlers Arms, Dungog at 6.30pm.
This will be a great opportunity to meet the candidates in an informal atmosphere. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Colleen Duffy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 0400 603403. Members $30.00 per head. Non-Members $35.00.