What does our industry have to look forward to under the coalition’s fourth term?
When we get an election result like we just have, you have to say that the pain of the democratic process is worthwhile. The increased majority in the lower house and control of the Senate is a reward for this government. Having worked with the government through the Association, I can understand why—they are an even-handed lot who believe a productive small business sector creates a potent economy.
The support that our industry has been afforded through the Action Agenda will now continue, free of the shackles of policy being hamstrung in the Senate. In particular, workplace relations reforms (of which there are several in the Action Agenda) should now proceed.
The minefield of ‘Unfair Dismissal’ Legislation will be diffused for our smaller businesses. With a greater emphasis on workplace bargaining, this should provide a stronger incentive to employ.
The big question is whether we can look toward further tax reform. Much of the post-election discussion has been about moving past the mandate the Government has had since 1996. There is no doubt that the Government had a mandate for further tax reform (including changes to the tax treatment of business meals). We hope for some relief here.
I trust the festive season is all you hope for and trade is exceptionally brisk!
President, Restaurant & Catering Australia