Death wish for small business
The Palaszczuk Labor Government seems to have a death wish for small business.
It's only a matter of time until more businesses go bust and more jobs are lost, following the Palaszczuk Labor Government's decision around QBuild.
If Annastacia Palaszczuk was serious about supporting small businesses, she shouldn't take away essential work from small businesses, when they are already doing it tough.
The Sensis survey of small and medium-sized businesses found that Queensland has the third highest share of small businesses in the country that are extremely worried about the future and Labor's decision around QBuild clearly shows how out of touch Labor is.
It's no surprise that the Sensis survey of small and medium-sized businesses also found the Palaszczuk Labor Government to be one of the worst in the country when asked if Government's policies are supportive of small businesses.
Small Businesses employ approximately 44% of all private sector workers and these courageous entrepreneurs put their blood, sweat and capital on the line to create jobs and opportunity for themselves, their families and others.
They not only build regional economies (with 97% of businesses being small businesses) but they build cities and towns and sponsor sports and community groups.
But time after time the Palaszczuk Labor Government tries to hinder small businesses at having a fair go.
Only the LNP's small business policies are about building a better future for business and delivering job security with no new taxes and less red tape.
LNP Shadow Minister for Employment, Small Business, Training and Skills Development
Battle for Australia Day
On Wednesday, 4 September we recognise a period of the Second World War when the Australian mainland came under attack for the first time in the history of European settlement.
The Battle for Australia recognises the service and sacrifice of thousands of Australians who defended against Japanese attacks on mainland Australia.
On 19 February 1942, the first Japanese air raids were launched against Darwin, killing around 250 people.
Raids on northern Australia would continue through until November 1943, when Darwin was attacked for the final time.
The Battle of the Coral Sea, the action described by historians as the battle that saved Australia, took place between 4-8 May 1942 in the waters southwest of the Solomon Islands and east of New Guinea.
While no Australians were killed during the naval battle, the United States aircraft carrier USS Lexington was sunk and hundreds of Americans killed or wounded.
Nineteen Australians and two British sailors also died when Japanese Midget submarines launched a surprise attack on Sydney Harbour in May 1942 and sunk HMAS Kuttabul.
We commemorate the Battle for Australia each year on the first Wednesday in September, which also coincides with the period of the Battle of Milne Bay, the first time a Japanese amphibious landing was defeated in the Pacific theatre.
On Battle for Australia Day we should pause as a grateful nation for the service and sacrifice of those brave men and women who defended our nation, and say 'thank you for your service'.
Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel
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