Premier Palaszczuk not listening to business

27 May 2015 9:00 AMJohn-Paul Langbroek

Another scathing report indicates Queenslanders will miss out on job opportunities if the Premier doesn’t start listening to concerns from business.

According to the Sensis Business Index, Queensland businesses had the second worst level of confidence in the nation, dropping 30 points compared to the previous quarter where it was leading the nation.

Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said the key concern for the plunge in confidence is the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government failing to understand small business.

“Instead of listening to the concerns raised by Queensland businesses, the Premier has rejected the comments and put her head in the sand,” Mr Langbroek said.

“This is not the first report to point to Labor’s business confidence failings and it is time the Premier stopped shying away from her responsibility and started to put the interests of Queenslanders first.

“Earlier in the month, the CCIQ’s March quarter survey showed conditions had dropped to their lowest level in a decade and the Premier again rejected the findings.

“Business is crying out for action and Queenslanders deserve more from the Premier than her refusal to acknowledge there is a problem.

“It shows how out of touch and inexperienced this Labor Government is when they prefer to take advice from their union bosses, yet refuse to accept what Queensland businesses are telling them.”

Mr Langbroek said this attitude from the Premier is no better than her Treasurer Curtis Pitt who is clearly out of his depth after last week having to back-track his claim Queensland was in a recession.

“Multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects are being either stalled or shelved because this Labor Government is just making it up as it goes,” he said.

“This was reinforced over the weekend where the results of a ReachTEL Poll revealed more than 45 per cent of Queenslanders felt their confidence in the economy and job market had decreased under Labor.

“Businesses and Queenslanders out of work or looking for a job want certainty, experience and competence and it’s obvious they’re not getting it.

“Queenslanders deserve a Government that instils confidence in business to employ more people, rather than one beholden to union bosses and more focused on reviewing than doing.”

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