Vote for Small Business

Release Date: 2/07/2018
After many weeks of planning, the TCCI, in partnership with the Devonport, Central Coast and Burnie Chambers of Commerce, launched the “Vote for Small Business” campaign in Braddon.

The campaign has five elements that we are asking both major parties to commit to:

  1. No repeal of legislated tax cuts for small business
  2. A cabinet position for the Federal Small Business Minister
  3. An indexed and ongoing instant asset write off scheme
  4. Decisions of the Fair Work Commission to be honoured by the Federal Government
  5. Making it easier for small business owners to employ people
I must say, we were surprised with the interest that our campaign has generated, not just locally, but in national media.

The Australian ran a sizeable story and Sydney-based “The Alan Jones Show” on 2GB interviewed me for more than 10 minutes.

On Tuesday night, ABC’s “The Drum” spoke about how business had been absent from the by-election until the TCCI launched this campaign in Tasmania.

Mind you, when we launched the campaign in Burnie, we were competing with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who was in Zeehan for the Avery Nickel Mine announcement with Premier Will Hodgman!

What has given this campaign real power is the engagement of local businesses through their local chambers of commerce.

The five commitments have come from local businesses, the stories on the website are all local and the voices in the national media are all local too.

I believe we can really affect a change for the nation here. As I have pointed out to both candidates and their leaders, this is not a political campaign.

We really don’t care who wins, as long as business is the core of their policy.

We want both sides – as in the Liberal and Labor parties - to understand that local business is the backbone of any community and the more we can do to support it, the better for everyone.

I was especially pleased to read Anthony Albanese in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph saying that Labor had work to do to win back the business vote: “If you don’t have employers you don’t have employees.”

I can’t help thinking that our campaign may well have influenced that position.
Braddon is the engine room of Tasmanian business and the community understands how important small business to them.

We need to ensure that the major parties understand this and frame their policy to support local business.

We have told the candidates – Brett Whiteley and Justine Keay – what Braddon needs.

Braddon needs a “Voice for Braddon Business”. Small and medium-sized business on the North-West Coast want support for training and training systems to upskill their staff, as well as tax settings that are suitable for their businesses.

I believe that the by-election will be won by the party that does the most to support small business.

We need your help though.

Can you please click onto and register?

You don’t have to pay anything and it won’t take long BUT your support will put additional pressure on both sides to come to the policy party.

With your help we can once again affect national change from Tasmania!
Contact: TCCI Chief Executive Michael Bailey – 0437 322 338 

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