Message from Stephen Cartwright, CEO, NSW Business Chamber

Since the launch of the national Chamber movement’s successful Small Business: Too Big to Ignore campaign in the lead-up the 2013 Federal Election, small business has become the new political battleground.

Our campaign put small business issues as the top of the political agenda and the last two federal budgets have provided tangible support for business owners, but there is still more to be done.

As we head towards a Federal Election on July 2nd, we want to ensure that our standard of living continues to rise as we move beyond the mining boom, with small and medium-sized businesses given the opportunity to grow and employ more Australians.

While other nations are embracing policies to make starting and growing a business easier, our political leaders seem unable to commit to sensible reform to allow us to compete in the global marketplace.

We believe it is unacceptable that, over the past decade, Australia has fallen from 10 to 21 on the Global Competitiveness Index.

Our biggest weaknesses are innovation, tax and workplace relations, which means less investment, fewer jobs and missed opportunities for Australian businesses.

That is why this election, together with the Australian Chamber and the other state and territory chambers of commerce across Australia, we are asking all political parties to commit to our plan to build a more competitive Australia.

We have identified 10 practical steps that will make Australia a better place to do business and enable us to become a top 10 country within the next 10 years.

Top 10 in 10

How you can get involved:

We believe it is important for Australia’s business community to succeed because prosperity creates new jobs and social wealth to support our growing communities.

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