LNP protects Noosa jobs, small businesses and customers

24 August 2017

• LNP protects Noosa jobs, small businesses and customers
• Palaszczuk Government forced into embarrassing backflip on trading hours reform
• Labor laws looked after the big retailers but treated small businesses as second-class citizens

The LNP has backed Noosa jobs and small businesses by forcing the Palaszczuk Government into an embarrassing backflip, with Labor having to make major amendments to proposed trading hour reforms.

LNP member for Noosa, Glen Elmes said Labor’s laws were poorly drafted and would have led to price hikes for Sunshine Coast region shoppers, less job security and less opportunities for young people to get a job.

“Labor’s legislation favoured the big conglomerates like Coles, Woolworths and Bunnings where the widespread use of self-serve checkouts de- humanises our workforce, generating less and not more opportunities for employment.

“We stood up for small business in the Sunshine Coast region and their employees to ensure they received a better deal under Labor’s proposed trading hour changes,” Mr Elmes said.

“From Mum and Dad owned corner shops to larger retailers such as IGA stores Sunshine Coast small businesses would have been killed off. Increased trading hours may be good news to shoppers but the impact on the economy tells another story.

“The IGA State Board, in its submission to the Parliamentary Committee set up to review the legislation, said that following the deregulation of trading hours in south-east Queensland in December last year, IGA supermarkets lost $1 million per week in turnover.

“The LNP fought hard for the little guy and regional communities who continue to be treated as second-rate citizens by a Brisbane-centric Labor Government.

“The LNP has protected local jobs and delivered trading hours certainty for Queensland small business.

“Up until now larger retailers have used the opportunity to regularly seek changes to trading hours by making application to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission – a costly process out of reach for many small businesses.

“Our amendments lock in trading hours for each part of Queensland for the next five years, taking away a major business uncertainty for smaller operators.”

“This was about standing up for mum and dad local businesses and giving them certainty so that they can invest and employ more locals.

“Labor’s laws were only geared towards the big end of town. They couldn’t tell us how many jobs in small business would have been lost under their first Bill.

“Only the LNP has a plan to support small business to create jobs across the state and Build a Better Queensland.”ENDS