Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce
Uniting, Supporting, Connecting and Representing the Whitsunday business community.
We are a strong and sustainable organisation which provides exceptional value for its members. Our vision is to provide comprehensive, up to date and relevant information services to small and large businesses across all industries. The Whitsunday Coast Chamber of Commerce seeks to become a persuasive advocate for its constituency. The Chamber is focused on providing growth across all industries, through lobbying and numerous strategic projects. We are committed to ensuring our members receive value for their membership by providing services and support to make a difference in their business life.
What we do:
- Connect our members to other businesses within our community;
- Advocate at local and state government levels on issues of shared concern;
- Provide regional opportunities to members through collaboration with Whitsunday Regional Council and Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited;
- Nurture future business leaders by providing guidance, mentoring and personal opportunities for professional development.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has welcomed the announcement of the Federal Government’s proposed GST arrangement that no state will be worse off but calls on the government to reveal where the extra money will come from.
Following a Productivity Commission report last month which suggested a cumulative cut to Queensland’s GST funding by as much as $11.7 billion by 2026/27, the announcement by Treasurer Scott Morrison provides some temporary relief until the full picture is revealed.
CCIQ Head of Media and Industry, Dan Petrie said that the GST is a policy area that is critically important to all states and reassessing the current formula is a logical first step.
“While a positive step, we must bear in mind that the new GST distribution formula is not tax reform and should not be the end game.
“For years, we’ve been advocating for broader structural reform of the federal tax system, which would leave room for State and Territory governments to remove inefficient taxes such as payroll tax and stamp duties.
“The GST as a consumption tax is not a sacred cow,” Mr Petrie said.
CCIQ remains vigilant on reminding governments at both state and federal levels that it is largely the business sector that collects the tax which pays for the schools, hospitals and government functions the states administer on behalf of the tax payer.
“We are eagerly awaiting the finer details of the new carve up, specifically as to where the extra money will come from.
“If the Federal Government is proposing the money come from its surplus for example, we would obviously take issue with this.
Thursday 5 July, 2018 | By: Daniel PetrieSource: www.cciq.com.au
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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) have called upon the Palaszczuk Government to clarify its position of best industrial relations practice for government projects over $100 million as a matter of urgency.
Head of CCIQ Advocacy, Kate Whittle said the politicisation of the tendering process, changes without consultation with the business sector and preferential treatment for politically aligned organisations to the State Labor government are particularly troubling.
Buy Queensland’ policy initiative which effectively preferences local business for government work is now encompassing a ‘Buy Union’ policy as well.
This move by the government is aimed at ensuring a union workforce is in place for businesses undertaking government work,” Ms Whittle said.
CCIQ maintains that businesses should be able to retain choice in the make-up of their workforce and it not the role of government irrespective of politician persuasion to insist on a preferred model of industrial relations.
Feedback received from business to date has been confusion around how the criteria will be applied, and a genuine fear that unions will have a greater say in what businesses should be awarded which contracts when it comes to the assessment of tenders.
“The Chamber is also increasingly concerned that this government is in the business of developing policy on the run, while giving lip-service to Queensland’s business community on proper consultation; we saw this at its worst with the announcement of the waste levy,” Ms Whittle said.
With major works across Queensland on the horizon, the Queensland Government must urgently get its house in order and issue directives as to what it means by ‘best practice industrial relations’ or better still, abandon such arbitrary criteria in favour of the strict requirements already in place for tendering for government contracts.
As a member of the Procurement Industry Advisory Group (PIAG), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) said it would raise its concerns directly with the responsible Minister.Read more >