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AN OPEN LETTER TO PREMIER PALASZCZUK FROM QUEENSLAND'S CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Posted on 29 April 2020
Dear Premier,

We write to you on behalf of the 400,000+ small and medium businesses across Queensland as we do our best to protect private enterprise from the initial impact of coronavirus.

Many businesses have benefited, and many jobs have been salvaged through extra funding and assistance from your government, and for this we say thanks.

But while the curve might be flattening, the economic and social impacts of coronavirus are only just starting to emerge.

So many livelihoods have been ruined, and so many Queensland families are suffering through the fallout.

We understand community safety comes first, but we need to start planning now to be ready for the next steps.  It's time to focus on recovery. And we stand ready to work with you to get Queensland back in business.

But as we do, Premier, we need you to understand this...

There needs to be a new normal in how government works with business.

We can create jobs, but not if we're taxed more for every new person we hire. 

We can build the dams, roads, railways and recycling plants that Queensland needs, but not if governments keep playing politics with infrastructure spending.

We can produce world class products and services, but not if your departments keep buying from foreign corporations instead of locally owned businesses.

We can transform our state into the powerhouse it should be, but not if it's going to be government as usual.

Chambers of Commerce across the state have developed a comprehensive set of priorities and projects which will help businesses bounce back faster from COVID-19 and produce better, higher-paying jobs for every Queenslander. We have published them at cciq.com.au/coronavirus-recovery. 

Work with us on a clear economic plan and let's get Queensland moving again.
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