The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called on the next Australian government to firmly support small business, which is one of five national priorities the ACCI has named in a new blueprint released today.
The ACCI’s blueprint, Getting On With Business: Reform Priorities for the Next Australian Government, was released today at Parliament House in Canberra and calls for a whole of government reform agenda targeting five national priorities:
- A stronger economy;
- Raising productivity and competitiveness;
- Accessing global markets;
- Better functioning institutions; and
- Supporting small business.
“Quite deliberately, supporting small business is a top priority because two million small businesses creating half our national output and employing seven million Australians is, in the words of our election-year message, Too Big To Ignore,” ACCI CEO Peter Anderson says. “In just 133 days, our social media hub has recorded over 84,000 supporting voices, so it’s a campaign with this core truth at its heart.”
Anderson says that it’s vital that the centre of gravity of the election campaign remains on the economy.
“Getting On With Business is a whole-of-government agenda that unashamedly says building the confidence and capacity of the private sector must be the central operating principle of the next government. Both major parties have written big cheques for extra social policy out to the end of the decade, but since the money’s not in the bank we need to create new wealth to pay our way and secure living standards.
“Getting On With Business, both literally and figuratively, involves changes to policy and the way governments interact with the private sector. It’s hard work, but not impossible because the instinct of private businesses and private individuals is to grow new wealth and employ more people, so long as they are backed-in by their governments.”
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