Pages tagged "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 chief executive Jennifer Westacott said. “While most Australians would already...

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 Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said. “The destructive school funding...

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. “The confused rationales for the tax are risible, and the...

Joint statement with the Smith Family on schools funding

The Business Council of Australia and The Smith Family: • Strongly endorse the principle of needs-based school funding. • Welcome the additional $18.6 billion for Australian schools committed by the Commonwealth Government over the next decade. • Acknowledge that education...

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 policy certainty,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said today....

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 force data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. “These statistics...

Finkel report our best chance to end ideological wars in energy

“Australia hasn’t a moment to lose now that we have a comprehensive, independent blueprint to restore the security, reliability and affordability of our electricity system,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said following the release today of Chief Scientist Alan...

We all have a stake in moving forward with the Finkel Review

The energy industry, its customers and other stakeholders agree: the imminent Finkel Review deserves full and fair consideration before governments take decisions that will have major implications for the security, reliability and affordability of Australia’s electricity system. Our organisations believe...

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 considerable evidence into account when making these decisions. We simply...

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 and services sold here are tainted by the use of...

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