Pages tagged "Media releases - 2017"

Business Council announces new code to speed up payments to small business suppliers

The Business Council is developing a national voluntary industry code that would ensure small business suppliers are paid within 30 days of issuing a correct invoice. The industry-led initiative is recommended in the Business Council’s submission to the Small Business and Family...

Statement on youth jobs PaTH

“We welcome today’s launch of Youth Jobs PaTH, an important practical initiative to help address youth unemployment,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said. “Going from study to work has always been a challenge for young people. Right now, there...

Statement on company tax negotiations

“We welcome this historic step towards rebooting Australia’s international competitiveness and prosperity,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said following Finance Minister Mathias Cormann’s announcement in the Senate this afternoon. “It is now imperative that parliament continue negotiating the full...

No place for modern slavery

The Business Council’s president, Grant King, and chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, have urged a comprehensive approach to combating modern slavery. “We strongly believe that Australia needs a comprehensive approach, including legislation, to combat modern slavery in all its forms,” Mr...

Business leaders fight for Australian prosperity

More than 70 chief executives representing the nation’s biggest employers are meeting with government and opposition this week to discuss priorities for a more competitive economy and strategies to lift business investment and income growth. The Business Council’s annual meeting...

Proposed "effects test" puts pressure on household bills

“The Turnbull government seems intent on putting pressure on the household bills of every Australian,” Business Council president Grant King said as parliament prepares to debate the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill. “The proposed ‘effects test’...

Penalty rates ploy puts politics before people

“Labor and the Greens are putting political expediency ahead of good policy by walking away from new jobs, extra hours and fresh opportunities for small business, especially in regional Australia,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said today following the...

Break the budget deadlock or suffer the consequences

Australians could face tax increases of more than $5000 per household per year, or savage cuts to vital services like health and education, if the Australian Parliament fails to break its gridlock over Budget savings measures, the Business Council of...

Australia needs clear, stable policy to deliver secure, reliable, affordable power

“Our energy system is the cornerstone of our economy, powering our industries, our cities and our homes. And so we must get our energy supply right. But at the moment we’re not,” chief executive Jennifer Westacott said, releasing the Business...

Statement on the rule of law

Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott today addressed comments made by ACTU secretary Sally McManus on the ABC’s 7.30 last night. “These grossly irresponsible comments can have dangerous real-world consequences, signalling to individuals around the country that it’s OK to take the...

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