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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.

A tale of two cities for the construction sector

21 September 2021

While NSW is getting on with reopening construction at full capacity, Victoria’s snap shutdown of the sector puts the state’s recovery at risk, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said....

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Treasury Laws Amendment (Measures for Consultation) Bill 2021: Use of technology for meetings and related amendments

20 September 2021

This is the Business Council of Australia submission to the Treasury consultation process on the exposure draft of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Measures for Consultation) Bill 2021: Use of technology...

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Hydrogen hubs a win-win

20 September 2021

Businesses welcome the Morrison government’s new investment in hydrogen hubs to help create new industries and deliver new jobs, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said.

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Businesses unite to bring Australia one shot closer

20 September 2021

The Business Council is bringing together employers of all sizes from across the economy to boost vaccination rates and get the nation one shot closer to the things we love....

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