OpinionPressing time for business prioritiesBob Hawes

By , 25/04/2020 19:38

March 23 is an important date – it is 12 months out from the next state election in 2019.

Twelve months seems like a like long lead-up but, in reality, the respective political parties have begun to prepare and reinforce their manifestos to take to the people. They will ramp-up announcements around their vision and begin to pitch to attract the interest and commitment of voters.

Between now and then, the state government also has a crack at another budget.Expectations will indeed be high.

The election lead-up scenario has flow-on impacts to community and business.

There is a limited, yet clear, opportunity to proactively influence the thinking and response of the political parties as they formulate their policies.

So what will the Hunter Business Chamber be pressing on? What are the issues we believe are important to bring to the attention of the political parties?

Of course, there are state-wide issues that the chamber believes remain important and will continue to be included in our advocacy efforts. These include:

Fund and deliver more infrastructure across NSW and particularly in regional areas Continue to revitalise and reform local government Deliver senior schooling more effectively to improve outcomes for young people Build the NSWskills base Improve the state’s energy security and address pricing challenges Create a more competitive tax system by reducing the burden of payroll tax and reduce reliance on stamp duty Cutting red tape and the cost of regulation to do business in the state At the regional level, the focus will be more intense.

The insights that we’ve gained from local chambers of commerce, businesses and the community suggest that continued commitments to funding infrastructure and revitalisation programs across the region will remain high on our list of priorities.

However, we need more evidence of what local businesses want from political parties.

Please take a few moments to fill out the NSW Business Chamber’s Vision and Voice Survey on our website.

Tell us what matters most.

Visit the ‘Latest news’ section of the chamber’s website (www.hunterbusinesschamber老域名购买.au) to find the questionnaire.

Bob Hawes is chief executive officer of the Hunter Business Chamber

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