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2021 policy platform

The Business Council will anchor its advocacy priorities in the following key policy platforms:

  • Australia remains an open, competitive, trading nation that supports private enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship and incentivises free markets.
  • A modern and increasingly digital economy that is underpinned by a transparent, competitive tax system and a simple, nationally consistent regulatory environment that meets community expectations and drives investment across our cities and regions.
  • That Australia sets a national goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 and establishes nationally consistent regulations to drive private-sector investment in new technologies to achieve this goal, build new export industries and improve environmental outcomes.
  • Productive, inclusive, flexible and diverse workplaces that bring out the potential of their employees, including policy settings to encourage gender equity through greater economic participation.
  • A growing population with access to an education and skills system built for the modern era, complemented by an effective and targeted skilled migration program, to drive productivity and economic growth.
  • Empowerment of Indigenous Australians through full participation in the Australian economy and constitutional recognition of a Voice to the parliament.

Jennifer Westacott interview with Fran Kelly, ABC RN Breakfast

30 November 2021

Event: Jennifer Westacott interview with Fran Kelly, ABC RN BreakfastSpeakers: Fran Kelly, host RN Breakfast; Jennifer Westacott, chief executive Business Council of AustraliaTopics: Omicron COVID-19 variant; National Cabinet; border restrictions...

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No time to repeat mistakes of the past

29 November 2021

After two years of stop-start measures to control COVID-19 it’s time to put the lessons of the pandemic into practice as we respond to the omicron variant, Business Council chief...

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Jennifer Westacott interview with David Koch, Sunrise

30 November 2021

Event: Jennifer Westacott interview with David Koch, Sunrise Speakers: David Koch, host Sunrise; Jennifer Westacott, chief executive Business Council of AustraliaTopics: Omicron COVID-19 variant; National Cabinet; border restrictions E&OE David...

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Jennifer Westacott interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW Mornings

29 November 2021

Event: Jennifer Westacott interview with Neil Mitchell, 3AW MorningsSpeakers: Neil Mitchell, host 3AW Mornings; Jennifer Westacott, chief executive Business Council of AustraliaTopics: Omicron COVID-19 variant E&OE Neil Mitchell, host 3AW...

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