Media releases - 2017

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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,”...

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...