February/March 2007

Recent claims that NSW is ‘open for business’ do not ring true with most local small business owners. NSW businesses in this region are losing out to their interstate rivals due to the difference in payroll tax and workers compensation charges in NSW compared to Queensland.

At the end of last year in Parliament, I called for business regulations to be cut immediately and offered examples of businesses throughout the Lismore Electorate that are consistently being edged out on major State Government contracts because they cannot afford to compete with their Queensland counterparts.

I have spoken to several local business operators who are losing business to their Queensland rivals all because they are forced to contend with astronomical payroll tax and workers compensation charges.

These include one local plastering company that was recently outbid for five lucrative State Government contracts by its Queensland competitors. In each case the difference between the two bids ranged between $67,000 and $13,277, which is the variance in Government charges paid as a result of being based in NSW.

This is all because NSW businesses are clearly disadvantaged each year in payroll tax and workers compensation charges compared to their Queensland competitors. The Liberal/Nationals Coalition has an alternative plan for small business which includes:

Business owners should not be penalised for choosing to be based and do business in NSW. The current NSW charges are clearly wrong and unfair when the Iemma-Costa Labor Government awards major contracts to Queensland-based businesses to work on Government jobs in NSW.

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Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
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