WA Election: New tool connects business with candidates

election mapWith the official part of the state election campaign now off and running – Premier Colin Barnett yesterday advised the Governor of WA Kerry Sanderson she could issue writs for the 11 March election – CCI is urging business owners to have their say.

Business owners now have a direct platform to raise priorities for this election with local candidates, through a new digital offering from Western Australia’s peak business advocate.

CCI has today officially launched the Helping Business Work Map, which allows business owners in every state electorate to post their industry-related concerns onto a dedicated page for their seat.

The map complements CCI’s interactive Payroll Tax Calculator, which shows business owners how much they could save if the payroll tax threshold was incrementally increased. CCI modelling has shown 900 jobs could be created if the threshold was lifted by $100,000.

CCI Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott says CCI is committed to making sure the voices of local businesses are heard by all political leaders ahead of the March state election.

“All parties need to be aware that it’s business that creates jobs – not governments,” Ms Willmott says.

“Helping business work helps West Australians work – a thriving business community means more jobs for workers, so this election, CCI wanted to give business owners across the state a direct platform to connect with their local candidates and stand up for what businesses in their seat need to grow and create jobs for the community.

“The Helping Business Work Map is free to use for all business owners across the state – CCI is committed to making amplifying the voice of business to all political parties in the lead up to the March state election.”

Ms Willmott said more than 70 business owners have already posted their concerns on the Helping Business Work Map, which asks business owners what is keeping them up at night.

“Like the rest of the community, the key thing businesses are concerned about this election is jobs – and payroll tax was quickly singled out by small businesses as a roadblock to employment,” Ms Willmott said.

“Small and medium businesses are tearing their hair out and telling CCI that they want to be able to give jobs to workers, but their business simply cannot withstand hitting the payroll tax threshold and being crushed by the extra tax burden.

“CCI has a plan for job creation – whichever party forms the next State Government should permanently lift the payroll tax threshold from its current level of $850,000, to give money back to Mum and Dad businesses so they can grow their business and create jobs for young people, unemployed workers and the rest of the community.

“CCI modelling shows that lifting the payroll tax threshold by $100,000 would create nearly 900 full time jobs, direct and indirect – CCI calls on all major parties to stand up for small business and commit to permanent payroll tax reform to show the community they are serious about creating jobs for workers.”

CCI and Community Newspaper group are also giving business owners the opportunity to ask candidates the hard questions. Events will be held in Forrestfield on February 21, Wanneroo on February 22 in and Balcatta on February 23.

To find out how much your business could save through payroll tax reform, please click here.

To tell your local candidate what business in your electorate needs to grow, please click here to submit a response.

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