Business calls for no new fees & charges

The Western Australian business community is calling on whoever forms the next Government to commit to not introducing or raising new fees, charges or taxes for business.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott said whichever party forms the next State Government has three options for infrastructure and budget repair – asset sales, reduction in recurrent expenditure or new tax revenue. Restraint in budget expenditure growth, as previously called for by CCI, will need to underpin any budget repair efforts.

“We have written to Mark McGowan and Colin Barnett asking them to commit to not increasing or introducing any new fees, charges or taxes on business in their first term,” Ms Willmott said.

“It is critical that all parties understand that its business that creates jobs, not governments – over the past five years, the public sector employed around 200,000 people, whereas the private sector put wages in the pockets of more than 1.1 million West Australians. Helping business work will help put Western Australians back to work, and with a state-wide jobless rate of 6.6 per cent, slugging the business community with a tax hike is not what will help solve WA’s unemployment problem.

“What will help business work is permanent payroll tax reform – independent modelling shows that lifting the payroll tax threshold by $100,000 would create nearly 900 jobs across the economy and put money back in the hands of Mum-and-Dad businesses, to help their business grow and create jobs for young people, the unemployed and the rest of the community.

“CCI and the business community call on both parties to outline how they will pay for critical infrastructure, grow the economy and create jobs. Business also calls on the leaders of both major parties to pledge that they will not increase taxes on business and to commit to real, permanent payroll tax reform should they form the next State Government, to stand up for small business and show the community they are serious about creating jobs.”

Media contact: Kate Hodges – 0448 928 227

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