LNP Scores A Win For Queensland Small Businesses

by Ted Sorensen

LNP thwarts Labor’s plans to lump small businesses with thousands of dollars in higher fees.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government says it’s about creating jobs but instead hits small businesses with higher fees and charges.
Labor’s regulations were rushed through with no consultation with stakeholders and ignored key recommendations from the Agriculture and Environment Committee.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s plans to savage small zoos and school farmyard displays with exorbitant fees has been thwarted by the LNP Opposition.

Shadow Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Dale Last said the LNP’s disallowance motion in State Parliament last night knocked out Labor’s new fees, which if left to stand, would have lumped businesses with thousands of dollars in extra charges.

“Last night’s result is a win for small business and put the Palaszczuk Government on notice that any similar onerous regulations would get the same treatment,” Mr Last said.

“The Palaszczuk Government says it’s about creating jobs, when really all they’re bringing to the table are unnecessary regulations and rules that would destroy small businesses and the jobs they support.

“Labor’s plan to hike licence fees by six hundred per cent* and add hundreds of pages in compliance plans for species that many smaller exhibitors had successfully kept for years, made absolutely no sense.

“It also put the onus on exhibitors to submit management plans to the Agriculture Department for every species, and charge like a wounded bull for the privilege of filling out extra forms – lumping businesses with more red tape and unnecessary costs.”

Mr Last said exhibitors were happy to work with the former LNP government to modernise legislation, but Labor had since made a mess of the regulations which were universally condemned by the industry and stakeholders.

“The new regulations were rushed through with no consultation with stakeholders and ignore key recommendations from the Agriculture and Environment Committee which reviewed the regulations,” he said.

“It’s just another example of Labor putting hurdles in front of small businesses, who are the lifeblood of our economy.”

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