Media Releases 2020

TCCI launches bold plan for economic Road to Recovery
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has today launched its bold plan for an economic Road to Recovery in Tasmania. Read more
 
CEO Michael Bailey said that the plan was developed in consultation with the broader business community and provides a clear pathway for the Government and business sector to follow.


New figures show Government must act on jobs and support payroll tax relief
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says new jobs figures released today by the ABS show exactly why payroll tax relief is needed.
 
TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said the figures are concerning. Read more
 

Voucher scheme a massive vote of support for tourism sector
The Make Yourself at Home voucher scheme is a massive vote of support for Tasmania’s tourism sector. Read more


TCCI stands by travel bubble call
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has strongly supported the Tasmanian Government in its handling of the COVID outbreak. Read more


One in ten million: Time to open borders to non-hotspot states
With yesterday’s revelations from the Director of Public Health that Tasmania’s chances of importing a case of COVID-19 from non-hotspot states in just one in ten million, it’s time to re-open the borders, the TCCI said today.
“These figures are a game-changer”, CEO Michael Bailey said. Read more


Business and builders unite to call for payroll tax relief
Master Builders Tasmania and the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry have joined forces to call on the Government to provide meaningful payroll tax relief.
 
They say that payroll tax should be waived for all Tasmanian businesses until all COVID-related restrictions on businesses in Tasmania are lifted. Read more


Coordination needed on border restrictions
A coalition of business groups, including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, chambers of commerce and industry around Australia, including the TCCI and the Business Council of Australia has written a joint letter to National Cabinet, calling for greater coordination on border restrictions. Read more


Austal, Incat Spirit proposals welcomed
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the proposals put forward by Austal and Incat to build the new Spirits of Tasmania. Read more


Council urged to support New Town Hospital proposal 
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called on Hobart City Council to support the proposed New Town Hospital project. 


Business support vital as border closure extended
With border closures now extended until 1 December, the TCCI is calling on the Government to act decisively to support all Tasmanian businesses. Read more


Government must use strong financial position to help business recovery
Figures released by the Premier today show that the State is in a much stronger financial position than expected, said Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Michael Bailey and this meant the Government can now do more to help the business sector drive Tasmania’s economic recovery, especially in areas such as payroll tax and power bills. Read more
 

Marinus Link a ray of light for Tasmania’s future
Today’s announcement that the Marinus Link is officially confirmed as proceeding to delivery is ray of exceptionally good news for Tasmania, the TCCI said today. Read more


Boosting tourism key to growing our economy
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania have welcomed the Premier’s plan for re-opening Tasmania. Read more


Tax reform should mean lower taxes, not more taxes
Any reform of Tasmania’s taxation system should mean lower taxes for all businesses, not more taxes, the TCCI said today. Read more
 

Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council support for Marinus welcomed
The TCCI has today welcomed the strong support for the proposed Marinus second Bass Strait interconnector in the Premer’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council Interim Report released yesterday. Read more


Response to Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council recommendations
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the release of interim advice to the Government from the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council. Read more


Strategy re-think needed in light of border announcement
TCCI CEO, Michael Bailey, is calling the Government to re-think its strategy in light of today’s border announcement.Read more


TCCI concerned by Deloitte Access forecasts, calls for bold leadership to rebuild economy
TCCI CEO, Michael Bailey, said he was concerned by some of the forecasts in the Deloitte-Access Economics Business Outlook released today. Read more


TCCI praises Government for border decision
The TCCI has praised the Premier for his announcement today that Tasmania’s borders will reopen on July 24. Read more


Business buoyed by easing of restrictions
The TCCI says by further easing restrictions more businesses will be able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more


Government needs to outline clear plan for re-opening Tasmania to support local business
The TCCI has called on the Government to outline a clear plan for re-opening Tasmania this week. Read more


Wage decision will kick business while it’s down and cost jobs
Today’s decision on the minimum wage will kick Tasmania’s business community while it’s down and cost jobs, said the TCCI’s CEO, Michael Bailey. Read more


Prison reset welcome
The TCCI says the Government’s Westbury prison reset is welcome following months of debate in the local community. Read more


Marinus fast-track the right track for Tasmania
News today that the Federal and State Governments will seek to fast-track the approvals process for the Marinus Link is fantastic news, according to the TCCI. Read more


Business backs Government plan to ease restrictions
TCCI Chief Operating Officer, Colleen Reardon, has welcomed the Government’s announcement that more restrictions would be eased on Wednesday. Read more


TCCI working with Government on Make Yourself at Home campaign
The TCCI is working closely with Government on its new campaign to boost local tourism. Read more


The Government’s ‘Make Yourself at Home’ campaign was a vital boost for home-grown tourism businesses, said TCCI Chief Operations Officer, Colleen Reardon. Read more


Westbury Prison
“The TCCI has consistently supported the need for a northern prison to ensure there are adequate correctional facilities in the north and also as a major economic stimulus project for the region. Read more
 

Construction blitz shot in the arm our economy needs
The $3.1 billion construction blitz announced today by the Premier is the “shot in the arm” our economy needs, the TCCI said. Read more


Sensible COVID workplace rules welcomed
The TCCI has welcomed the announcement by the Attorney-General yesterday of the Government’s decision to use the sensible approach of regulating COVID-19 safety in workplaces using Public Health Directions, and the provisions of the existing Workplace Health and Safety Act. Read more


‘Early mark’ on restrictions great news for business
 The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the Government’s announcement that the community will get an ‘early mark’ with some restrictions to be lifted this weekend. Read more


Bob Brown Foundation opposition to renewable energy unfathomable
The opposition of the Bob Brown Foundation to the proposed Jim’s Plains and Robbins Island windfarms is contradictory, the TCCI said today. Read more


TCCI welcomes Government’s infrastructure agenda
Today’s budget update confirms the scale of the impact of the coronavirus on our economy and the State Government’s finances. Read more


Unemployment figures highlight need for business to drive recovery
Today’s ABS unemployment data is a reminder of just how significant the economic shockwaves from the coronavirus are, said TCCI CEO, Michael Bailey. Read more


TCCI welcomes timeline for return to business
The Premier’s roadmap to recovery, released this afternoon, has been welcomed by the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Read more


TCCI urging everyone to Buy Something Tasmanian
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with Brand Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government, has launched a new tool to support local businesses. Read more



Further North West restrictions
The further restrictions on the North West announced by the Premier today are a clear sign that we need to do more to combat coronavirus in Tasmania, TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said. Read more


Peak business body calls for consistency in application of relief from local government 
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for local government to introduce consistent rates relief across the state, to help business and the community bounce back when the COVID-19 crisis comes to an end. Read more


TCCI strongly welcomes nation-leading Tasmanian Government support package
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) has strongly welcomed the support package announced by the Tasmanian Government today. Read more


Government makes tough, but necessary decision to protect Tasmanians
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Michael Bailey, said the Government’s decision to impose mandatory self-isolation on anyone coming to Tasmania was tough but necessary. Read more


TCCI welcomes Tasmanian Government support for the Business Hotline
The TCCI is working with the Tasmanian Government to provide support and advice for the business community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more


TCCI welcomes State Government stimulus package
The TCCI has welcomed the State Government stimulus package announced today.
TCCI CEO, Michael Bailey, said Premier Gutwein has listened to many of the ideas put forward at last week’s industry roundtable. Read more


TCCI welcomes new State Government coronavirus measures
TCCI CEO, Michael Bailey, has welcomed new coronavirus measures announced by the State Government today. Read more


Exciting new arrangements for the Tasmanian Business Reporter
CEO of the TCCI, Michael Bailey, today announced exciting new arrangements for the Chamber’s publication, the Tasmanian Business Reporter. Read more



Tas economy performing well, but investment concerns need to be addressed
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed ABS figures that confirm Tasmania’s economy is still the fastest growing of any state in Australia. Read more


Spirit of Tas "northern" terminal
Business must be consulted before any decision made on Victorian terminal for Spirits of Tasmania
 
The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) has called on the Gutwein Government to consult with Tasmanian business before making any decisions regarding the location of the Victorian terminal for the Spirits of Tasmania. Read more


Does Lambie support MUA blockade of Tasmania?
As the Maritime Union’s virtual blockade of Tasmania rolls on, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s CEO, Michael Bailey, has called on Senator Jacqui Lambie to stand up for Tasmanian jobs. Read more


 
TCCI Welcomes State of the State Commitment to supporting business and growing the economy
TCCI CEO, Michael Bailey, has today welcomed the Premier’s first State of the State speech as welcome support for business in Tasmania. Read more



MUA blockade is holding Tasmania to ransom
Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Michael Bailey, has today slammed the MUA for industrial action affecting shipping in and out of Tasmania. Read more



Tasmania – AFL Team
The TCCI today heralded the AFL Taskforce Report to establish a Tasmanian AFL team by 2025.

TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said the Report’s recommendations for both the North and South of the State will create enormous economic and social opportunities for the whole of Tasmania. Read more


Premier Gutwein
The TCCI today congratulated Peter Gutwein on becoming Tasmania’s 46th Premier.
“The TCCI wants to welcome Peter Gutwein as Tasmania’s Premier,” TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said. Read more


New Premier
The TCCI today stated its support for both candidates for Premier of Tasmania, Michael Ferguson and Peter Gutwein.
TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said either candidate will perform well as the 46th Premier of Tasmania. Read more


Premier Resigns
The TCCI today congratulated Will Hodgman on his premiership of Tasmania.
“Will Hodgman’s announcement of his resignation as Premier, effective immediately, has come as a great shock,” TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said. Read more