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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Tasmanian Business Maintains ?Sensis? of Optimism -

Tasmanian Business Maintains ?Sensis? of Optimism - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The latest Sensis Business Index figures for Small and Medium Enterprises show the Tasmanian Government is the only State or Territory Government to score a net positive rating from small business.

Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings said today the latest Sensis Business Index shows that small business knows the State Government has built the structural reforms that keep the economy on a stable footing.

?Tasmania?s economy has never been in better shape,? Ms Giddings said.

?At 62 per cent, business confidence in Tasmania is well above the national average of 55 per cent.

?The greatest sign of business confidence is the level of private investment, and over the last financial year, private investment has increased by more than 31 per cent.

?Also, according to Sensis our small and medium enterprises recorded the greatest jump anywhere in Australia in terms of employment growth over the last quarter.

Ms Giddings said the Sensis Business Index highlights the need small business has for a stable State Government.

?Obviously the dark old days of minority government still haunt the business sector.

?Small business knows, perhaps better than anyone, the importance of a stable economic environment.

?Small business operators remember the economic chaos of the Liberal -Green minority government.

?Imagine what would happen if we saw another Liberal-Green minority government.

?In the first week the Liberal?s $800 million in unfunded promises would bankrupt the State.

Ms Giddings said that whilst the State economy was strong, small business operators are becoming wary of the 700-pages of John Howard?s complex and extreme industrial relations laws.

?Instead of one award ? a one-stop negotiation for all their workers - small business owners will be negotiating individually with each employee,? Ms Giddings said.

?Tasmania?s 30,000 small businesses will have to become industrial law experts over night.

?And if they put something into the individual agreements that the Federal Minister doesn?t like, they?ll have to pay a $33,000 fine.

?The Lennon Labor Government is a strong supporter of Tasmanian small business because this Government knows it is fundamental to our economy and a key driver of jobs growth.

?It is the Howard industrial relations package, which Mr Hidding and Mr Hodgman fully support which makes the future uncertain for Tasmania?s small business operators.


At 8:41 PM, January 15, 2010, Blogger kiramatali shah said...

. The Center for Media Research has released a study by Vertical Response that shows just where many of these ‘Main Street’ players are going with their online dollars. The big winners: e-mail and social media. With only 3.8% of small business folks NOT planning on using e-mail marketing and with social media carrying the perception of being free (which they so rudely discover it is far from free) this should make some in the banner and search crowd a little wary.


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