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WITH the State Government election just a matter of weeks away, the sitting members and candidates answer the question on the topic of how to reduce red tape for business.

Question

How do you intend to reduce the burden on small business in the next year? What action would you take and how quickly?

PUMICESTONE

CUTTING red tape for small business is key to supporting local jobs, that's why the State Government has already introduced the Business Red Tape Reduction Strategy.

This is reviewing existing regulations, identifying and removing any unnecessary ones, and applying tough guidelines to new regulations.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queenslands' 2011 Red Tape Survey shows this strategy is already working.

Industry agrees most regulation is justified when looked at individually - it's the cumulative burdens that cause problems, this is what the government is focussing on. Other support includes establishing the State Development Office Caboolture, one-stop-shops for services and information.

CARRYN SULLIVAN  (Sitting member)

 

I AM a proud local who grew up in this area and am passionate about working for our community.

Being a local business owner and raising my family here, I have a thorough understanding of the challenges we are all facing in these trying times.

As a small business owner, I have experienced firsthand the debilitating effect red tape and excessive taxes have on small businesses.

As part of the Can Do team, I will fight for our local small businesses, which have been neglected under 20 years of Labor Government.

An LNP Government will abolish Labor's waste tax, get rid of the increased tax on the family home (about $7000) and cut red tape crippling businesses.

The biggest risk to business and our state's economic recovery is another three years of Anna Bligh and Labor.

LISA FRANCE (LNP candidate)

 

REDUCE the interest rate to 2% to stimulate the economy and reduce the Australian dollar.

The high Australian dollar is causing massive job losses in manufacturing and tourism industries, which directly impacts on small businesses; increase the payroll tax threshold from $1million to $2 million to assist small business in expanding to the next level; minimise red tape by removing any unnecessary duplication of information on forms; advertising government departments that can assist small businesses; review government assistance programs that offer financial support to employers; government to source from local business; advertising campaign for locals to buy local and support small businesses.

I am a fan of business enterprise centres and their incubator sites as they help small businesses develop through their assistance and mentoring roles.

There is a lot the government can do, but we need the community to support local businesses.

BRANDT KING (Katter's Australian Party)

 

 

GLASS HOUSE

THE LNP knows the struggles and challenges that are facing our small business operators so we have committed to repealing the newly introduced waste tax-a business-destroying, anti-waste reduction, anti-recycling and bureaucratic nightmare of a tax. The LNP supports waste avoidance, waste recycling and re-use and is committed to driving policy and regulatory reform with regard to waste management.

We know our state's small businesses are vital to growing a four pillar economy that will get Queensland back on track

ANDREW POWELL (Sitting member)

 

MORAYFIELD

I AM proud of what I have achieved as your representative.

Through hard work and collective action we have seen construction start on the $153 million Morayfield Road upgrade and the full upgrade of Narangba train station and the delivery of a new police station, more car parking at local train stations and new classrooms at local schools.

People know I am a big supporter of our local businesses.

I firmly believe by supporting our businesses we are supporting jobs and economic activity in our region.

That's why it is so important we continue to have the lowest payroll tax rate in Australia and the most competitive tax regime for small-medium businesses (as judged by the independent firm - Pitcher Partners).

It's why I also support the great work of Queensland's new Business Commissioner of slashing red tape and being a voice for small-medium businesses.

MARK RYAN (Sitting member)

 

MY BACKGROUND is in the electrical trade but I have worked in the professional theatre and entertainment industry for more than 25 years, providing technical production support for Australian and overseas shows.

Like many Queenslanders, I became disillusioned with the poor representation and national agendas presented by the major political parties.

Rather than complain, I decided to get involved and take the opportunity to make real changes.

The Australian Party is founded on a strong set of values and principles with a focus on personal freedoms and Australian jobs and industries.

Regulatory burdens, which include workplace health and safety compliance and extra fees and charges, all impact on small business.

Stop the banks gouging small operators with high business borrowing rates. Rationalise compliance statutory requirements designed more for large businesses. Have a fresh set of rules for small business alone.

Increase consumer confidence and reward innovation while supporting new start-ups.

Provide offsets and incentives to those providing part-time work for the (previously) unemployed. Now.

STEPHEN BECK (Katter's Australian Party)

 

MY WIFE Leila and I have three children and have lived in the Morayfield electorate for the past 10 years.

I own and operate a small business in Burpengary and was named the Queensland Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008.

The State Government hasn't made it easy for Queenslanders and after joining the LNP, I was encouraged to think about how I could give back to my community.

As part of Campbell Newman's LNP team I'm doing what I can to help provide cost of living relief to families and ensure our area has the transport, health, education and police resources it needs. Queensland's 386,000 small businesses are the backbone of our economy but have been neglected by Labor.

The LNP has committed to scrapping Labor's job destroying taxes like the waste tax and the $7000 stamp duty and we will continue to fight the carbon tax that has been cheered on by every Queensland Labor MP. The LNP will cut red tape and regulation we will have a small business minister who will listen and work with small business as a priority to regain its position as the engine house of our economy.

DARREN GRIMWADE (LNP candidate)

 

MURRUMBA

I lived in the electorate of Murrumba before I was first elected in 1986. I raised my family here and know my electorate well. I'm a supporter of small business, which is the largest employer in Queensland and the main driver of the economy.

The Government has now appointed a Business Commissioner to cut red tape for people doing business in Queensland.

This initiative has contributed to $78 million in savings across Queensland.

The Government has a strong record of supporting business and remains committed to this. We have delivered over $78 million in savings. We have appointed a commissioner to cut red tape. It's part of the Bligh Government's drive to help the business community to capitalise on the state's next wave of prosperity.

DEAN WELLS (Sitting member)


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