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Selwyn Johnston

INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES'

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(Cairns... Far North Queensland)

 

Thank you for visiting my on-line office. 

I appreciate your interest in the issues that effect not only Queenslanders, but all Australians. 

Please let me hear from you about your views on the issues that matter to your Family, your Community and your State.  

Sincerely,

Selwyn Johnston

 

One person, with the support of the community, can make a difference

 

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SMALL BUSINESS 

Small and family businesses are the backbone of the economy, especially in regional and rural Australia. More than 80% of jobs growth over the past decade has been in small business, with this trend expected to continue. 

There are in excess of 1.2 million small businesses in Australia employing almost half the national workforce and generating up to 40% of the nationís gross domestic product (GDP). 

A primary objective must be to entrench small and family business as the engine room for growth and employment across regional and rural Australia. 

Maintaining an economic background that allows small businesses to prosper is essential. This includes maintaining low inflation and interest rates, reducing debt, and reducing the tax burden, compliance costs and bureaucratic red tape on small business. 

Small business must be seen as different to big business, as many policy matters and regulatory models often burdens smaller businesses unfairly. 

It is paramount to encourage more decentralisation with the establishment of new small business enterprises through regional and rural Australia. 

To ensure maximum opportunities for these businesses, it is imperative that an integrated telecommunications network and the latest in information technology and on-line communications technology is readily available across Queensland. 

Small businesses, especially in regional and rural Australia, are vulnerable to abuses of market power, wanton deregulation of primary industries and the absurdity of the National Competition Policy.  

It is imperative that elected representatives of the Federal Parliament immediately:

SCRAP       - National Competition Policy

STOP          - Deregulation

HALT          - Abuse of Market Power

The policing of these and other trade practices breaches, in addition to enhancing the powers of relevant authorities, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) must be implemented as a matter of urgency in the best interests of Australia.

 

 

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