on 3 February 2020
Happy New Year and welcome to 2020! I hope you had a terrific break over Christmas and enjoyed time out with family and friends. State Parliament recommences this week and it will be an interesting time until the important Queensland State election which will be held on Saturday 31st October 2020.
In the meantime, a by-election for the seat of Currumbin will be held most likely in March following the resignation for health reasons of the current memb...
on 9 December 2019
Christmas Eve Holiday
Local small businesses will feel the brunt of this new Christmas Eve Public Holiday as legislated last week by the Palaszczuk Labor Government. Some will have no choice but to close as casual rates of employment will be unaffordable adding to Queensland's unemployment woes. This is yet another example of unions running this Palaszczuk Labor Government and I feel for businesses who will be forced to close and those staffers denied the opportunity of empl...
on 11 November 2019
A proposal has been mooted to cut back the 'Schoolies Week' to 3 days. It has taken many years and a lot of effort to achieve a positive reputation for an event that generates a lot of income for some businesses and is certainly a major week on the Gold Coast tourism calendar. The week events have matured over the years to safely entertain and manage the 'Schoolie' crowds who are celebrating the end of their high school education. Granted...
on 9 September 2019
Qld Estimates July Hearings
The Estimates process is the questioning of the Governments 2019-20 State budget of $58 billion and this year it revealed some serious integrity issues brought about by the Palaszczuk Government displaying arrogance and hubris in its financial management of the State. First and foremost, the Premier's own Chief of Staff, a bureaucrat earning around $500,000 per year, was given a Qld taxpayer funded grant of $267,000 to assist him float his company...
Posted by Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce President Martin Hall
on 30 August 2019
The Gold Coast Central Chamber, along with other Chambers of Commerce on the Gold Coast and throughout Queensland, is opposed to the State Government proposal to have a part-day public holiday on Christmas Eve.
At the outset, I would express the fact that business operators understand employees want time off on Christmas Eve to spend with their family. This is because small and medium size businesses are predominantly owned and operated by mothers, fathers and families.
But this propo...
on 28 June 2019
Qld State Budget
The Queensland State Budget was handed down on Tuesday 11 June 2019 and the outcome has been a Palaszczuk Labor Government legacy of higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure. The Palaszczuk Labor Government is quite simply unable to manage the economy and their latest budget clearly demonstrated their ineptitude. The 2019 budget failed the people of Queensland. With unemployment on the rise and nine new taxes being introduced Queensland is on it...