Stuck at the start

It’s hard to get government listening to evidence-based advocacy when every decision is political

The final third of the year has arrived and it is quite strange how little progress we seem to have made as a nation over the last year. Perhaps this is a function of having a hung Parliament in Canberra.

From a business perspective it seems that there is very little concrete on which to base any sort of planning. Decisions on our tax system (and therefore input prices) are up in the air, wage costs are swaying in the breeze as consumer confidence falls and any tourism business is very soft on the back of the strong dollar. From an Association perspective, we are unable to get a hold on any sensible policy making process—we are unable to argue with logic or evidence as decisions are based on political reaction. There is little evidence-based advocacy that is cutting through.

I guess you could argue that this is just a period we have to live through, however the rest of the world is still moving ahead and we are standing still. This can’t be good for any of us. All of our businesses need certainty, progress and constructive change. Perhaps an election with a decisive outcome is the only way to get these conditions back.

Brien Trippas

President, Restaurant & Catering


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