New gang hits the mark

 The new government has hit the ground running, and the industry’s future looks bright from early parliamentary sittings…

It’s impressive how smoothly the transition between governments takes place in Australia. The new Rudd government has all but hit full stride, and we are still in the very first weeks of parliamentary sitting! The new ministers we have seen so far seem to be well briefed in their respective areas and across their portfolio responsibilities. Just last week I met with Senator Chris Evans, who seemed very competent in his immigration and citizenship brief and managed to quickly and carefully deal with the industry’s main areas of concern.

We have met with new government ministers in the areas of innovation (and industry), tourism, small business, immigration, education and workplace relations, finance and health. Some we have met with directly and some we have spoken to through the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry—of which the association is an active member. The passions of the new government right now remain focused on delivering election policies and exercising spending restraint. Both issues are very important for restaurateurs and caterers. The industry needs the economy to remain strong so spending on food continues, while low inflation and low interest rates are vital for those with disposable dollars in order for them to keep investing in a good meal. The next budget will be very tight to ensure the economy is as buoyant as possible, which should be good news for the service economy.

Bon Appétit!

Con Castrisos
President, Restaurant & Catering  Australia

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