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Dutton calls out business woes

Peter Dutton has been appointed as the Leader of the Opposition and questioned why there is little advocacy for tax and industrial relations reform.

31 May 2022 

After being appointed as the Liberal Party leader on Monday, Mr Dutton seized the moment to outline his agenda, characterised by a departure from big business and a decisive move towards regions, suburbs and small business. 

“Nobody is advocating for changes around industrial relations or wages policy in relation to economic policy or taxation policy more generally,” he said. 

“I think we are a poorer country for that. I think many of them are probably scared to step up because they are worried of an onslaught by Twitter and they are living in that environment.

“Where are they on taxation reform? We have [a] huge leakage on a system with online transactions.There are many things we should be talking about as a nation and I hope that we can initiate some of those policy discussions over the next three years.”

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David Littleproud was elected Nationals leader on Monday, while Sussan Ley became Deputy Liberal leader. Perin Davey will serve as Deputy Nationals leader. 

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) congratulated the new appointees and welcomed a strong focus on addressing the pressures faced by business.

“During the 47th Parliament, ACCI will seek to work constructively with the Government, Opposition and other parliamentarians to achieve a better deal for business, ensuring the success of all Australians,” ACCI chief executive Andrew McKellar said.

“Amid an increasingly volatile and uncertain global economy, acute workforce shortages, supply chain bottlenecks, rising energy costs and growing inflation, the challenges faced by business are many. We look forward to working with all parliamentarians to address these challenges.

“Most urgently, we implore the parliamentary Liberal and National parties to support bipartisan action on energy and emissions reduction policy. Legislated emissions reductions targets will provide the certainty that business needs as the economy transitions to a cleaner future, driving innovation and ambition.”

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