Labor must do more to support small business

Annastacia Palaszczuk is letting Queensland small businesses fend for themselves, as interstate governments lead the way by providing crucial financial support during the coronavirus pandemic. LNP Shadow Minister for Small Business Fiona Simpson said Queensland is the only state that doesn’t provide direct grants to small businesses. “Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to immediately introduce rapid emergency…

Give locked-down workers free online training

Queenslanders forced to stay home during the coronavirus restrictions should be able to unlock their own skills with free online training courses, the LNP said today. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to work with private training providers and TAFE to offer a range of short online training courses approved by…

Flaw in Labor’s loans will cost jobs

Flaws in the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s COVID-19 package for business must be urgently fixed to allow recently-founded firms to apply for interest-free loans. Shadow Small Business Minister Fiona Simpson said many firms had been shocked to discover that they can only access the loans if they were founded before July 2017. “These loans are meant…

LNP puts plan forward for casual workers

The LNP has called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to support casual workers who are losing work in the COVID-19 pandemic to reskill into demand areas, such as the health and wellbeing of elderly Queenslanders. LNP Shadow Minister for Employment, Small Business, Training and Skills Development Fiona Simpson raised the issue in Queensland Parliament today…

Juvenile Crime Hit and Miss

Reports that the Palaszczuk Labor Government are releasing a State-wide juvenile crime plan that ignores the Sunshine Coast has been attacked as a political joke. State MP for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said that reports 10 centres would get funding but not the Sunshine Coast, where juvenile crime issues had made the Maroochydore Bus Station a…

Training crisis harms job futures of young Queenslanders

  Queensland has recorded a dramatic drop in the number of young people completing apprenticeships and traineeships as Labor’s skills crisis worsens. Data released by the National Centre for Vocational and Educational Training (NCVER) shows since Annastacia Palaszczuk was elected, completions have fallen by more 20.7 per cent and there are 11 per cent fewer…

Beer tax slugs Queensland-owned businesses

Popular regional craft breweries have been hit with up to a 10-fold hike in a State Government tax, threatening their viability and pushing up beer prices in a move described as “devastating and unAustralian”. Shadow Minister for Small Business Fiona Simpson has called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to dump the huge hike for craft…

LNP to help young entrepreneurs get started

The next generation of small business leaders will receive the training and support they need to launch their own business under a Deb Frecklington LNP Government. Shadow Minister for Small Business Fiona Simpson today launched the LNP’s Young Entrepreneurs Program as one of two new LNP policies announced during Queensland Small Business Week with award-winning…