Media releases - 2017

Statement on the Great Barrier Reef's value

“We welcome the work by Deloitte Access Economics in conjunction with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to put a value on one of Australia’s most marvelous natural assets,” Business Council...

Funding breakthrough for schools in need

“We congratulate senators on voting for a simpler, fairer and more transparent schools funding model that will deliver the most taxpayer support to those students who really need it,” Business...

Cynical taxes expose lightweight leadership

“South Australia’s new bank levy exposes the desperation of a government that is unable to get its own budget and spending under control,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said....

Energy policies must support new investment

“Everyone wants to see more affordable electricity, but governments should be extremely cautious about intervening in markets at a time when businesses are not investing because of a lack of...

Strong businesses underpin lasting jobs

“Australia must keep laying the groundwork for future business growth if recent employment gains are to be sustained,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said following the release of labour...

Four-year penalty rates transition is sensible

The Fair Work Commission has outlined a sensible transition for Sunday penalty rates that can create more jobs, more work hours and greater opportunity for Australian workers.The Commission has taken...

Growing support for Modern Slavery Act

We welcome Labor's commitment to support an Australian Modern Slavery Act. Australians’ living standards have risen enormously through greater international trade. However, it has also increased the risk that products...