Pages tagged "Media releases - 2017"

Coalition of business groups calls for decisive action to rescue Australia's ailing apprenticeship system

Australia’s peak business organisations have united to call on governments to take urgent action to avert an imminent crisis in our apprenticeship system, one that risks leaving young people without pathways to work and many businesses unable to access the...

National Accounts underscore threat to Australia from Trump tax plan

“These figures reveal growth is patchy across the economy and underscore the risks if Australia fails to respond to our international competitors’ moves to cut company tax,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said following the release of the December...

The numbers stack up, now let's get moving on infrastructure

“Infrastructure Australia has released a roadmap for addressing our nationally significant infrastructure challenges that must be fully grasped by governments and the private sector,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said today following the release last week of Infrastructure Australia's...

Business Council welcomes Fair Work amendment bills

“We welcome the Fair Work Amendment Bills introduced into Parliament today,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said. “The Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017 makes common sense changes, including repealing the unwieldy...

Business Council welcomes activation of new trade agreement

“When an agreement has the potential to add $1 trillion to the world economy, it’s worth pausing to welcome its entry into force,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said today. “The World Trade Organisation’s Trade Facilitation Agreement has that...

Penalty rates decision

“The Fair Work Commission has taken a step in the right direction towards modernising penalty rates to better reflect our 24/7 existence,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said following today’s decision on penalty rates. “The common-sense changes announced by...

Crossbenchers show political guts by improving building code legislation

“We welcome the Senate voting to bring forward the transition to the new Building Code,” Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said after the passage of the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Amendment Bill 2017 last night. “Senator Hinch...

No room for partisan politics in energy

Representatives of Australian communities, including civil society, households, workers, investors, business energy users and energy suppliers today challenged all political leaders to stop partisan antics and work together to reform Australia’s energy systems and markets to deliver the reliable, affordable...

Failure to pass enterprise tax plan in full puts farmers at risk

Valuable new Asian export markets are in jeopardy if the Parliament does not pass the Government’s enterprise Tax Plan in full. This was the message from National Farmers Federation chief executive Tony Mahar and Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott...

Business supports accelerated transition to new building code

"We firmly support the Turnbull government's move to bring forward the transition to the new Building Code," Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott said today. "We have long supported the reinstatement of the ABCC and this change will accelerate efforts...

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