Canberra Business Chamber has called on the ACT’s political leaders to commit to a 20-point program that will drive economic recovery, upskill and provide jobs for Canberrans, and, and make it easier for ACT businesses to start, grow and compete.
Launching the Chamber’s priorities for the October 17th poll, Chamber CEO Graham Catt said that the private sector that can now provide the pathway to economic recovery, deliver jobs and create new opportunities after the impact of Covid.
“This year’s elections are the opportunity for parties to demonstrate their commitment to local businesses and to creating local jobs.”
Amongst the twenty points, the Chamber is calling for:
- A comprehensive economic recovery plan
- More support for new and emerging industry sectors, like cyber security
- Major infrastructure investments and local precinct improvements
- Clear future population targets and a skills strategy
- A Minister for Business within Cabinet
- A freeze on any increases in commercial rates
- Changes to making it easier for local business to procure ACT Government contracts
- More small business programs to improve digital skills, provide business advisors, and support business owners’ mental health and well-being
“While last week’s announcement by the Chief Minister partially addresses some of these issues, much, much more needs to be done.
“Our ideas have been drawn up after extensive consultation with businesses, community groups, and industry bodies over the past three months. Our policies are based on those discussions, and we’re now working closely with other business groups and community groups to ensure they are implemented.”
Mr Catt urged all Canberrans to think carefully as they marked their ballot papers. “Two thirds of working Canberrans are employed by the private sector. Will our government for the next four years help small business, create real jobs, and diversify our economy for the future? Think about it before you vote.”
The full election manifesto document can be downloaded here.