Budget Good for Business

Release Date: 15/06/2018
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry stated today that the Hodgman Liberal Government budget was good for Tasmanian business.

“The Government has listened to the TCCI and other stakeholders and outlined plans for a 10 Year Infrastructure Plan and 30 Year Strategy,” TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said.

“This is both critical for the State long-term and will give businesses Statewide the confidence to upskill and invest.

“Critically, Treasurer Peter Gutwein’s commitments to payroll tax reduction and the extension of apprentice and trainee rebates are extremely welcome, as well as small business grants.

“We acknowledge the focus on education and skills training within the Budget, which are also critical for the long-term future health and prosperity of the State.

“We have supported the Government’s policy of extending State high schools to Grade 12 Statewide and we must continue to educate our young people, not just into tertiary university education, but also TasTAFE and VET courses.”

Mr Bailey said the announcement with regard to energy pricing for all Tasmanians matches the TCCI’s position.

“This is a great win for all Tasmanians. We are pleased to see that the Government had funded all its election commitments.”

Mr Bailey said the one downside was a missed opportunity to address the unfunded public service superannuation liability.

“The Health Plan which has been outlined is really a hospital plan. There is not much in this Budget around preventative health.

“We have to do more to get all Tasmanians - young and old – focusing on their own health and fitness. We need to keep people out of hospital.”
Contact: TCCI Chief Executive Michael Bailey – 0437 322 338 

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