Excessive red tape, unnecessary regulations and costly and time-consuming paperwork are costing our local businesses said member for Burnett Stephen Bennett.
Mr Bennett said Bundaberg small businesses were being forced to battle with bureaucracy, instead of being able to concentrate on growth.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has a definite lack of respect for people’s businesses, for their income and for jobs in the area,” Mr Bennett said.
“We want our hard-working businesses to be given every opportunity to get ahead, but at the moment they’re being forced to bend over backwards for what should be the most simplest of processes.”
On a visit to Bundaberg and after talking with Kepnock Hair Owner Geri Sayre, LNP Small Business Minister Fiona Simpson heard first-hand the impact the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s red tape is having on small businesses.
“Small businesses are Queensland’s lifeblood and should be given the tools to be successful and grow, not taxed into the ground,” Ms Simpson said.
“Sadly under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, our small businesses are being tied up with red tape, rather than being able to focus on growing their businesses and training new staff.
“Small businesses are the state’s biggest jobs creators and are often run by mums and dads and we need to be giving them the tools to grow.”
Owner of Kepnock Hair Geri Sayre said she was hit with problem after problem when apply for an employment incentive.
“I tried applying for an incentive when recruiting new staff and it was a nightmare,” Ms Sayre said.
“After being advised my apprentice would meet all the criteria and qualifications, I then applied and was told she was ineligible, receiving no explanation and no alternative.
“The process was extremely difficult and as an initiative that is supposed to implore businesses to branch out and grow, it’s doing the complete opposite.”