Macdonald warns small business not to be hoodwinked by false promises

Northern Australias small business will be disappointed if they trust Kevin Rudd to deliver on his promise to cut red tape to reduce their operating costs, said Opposition Spokesman for Northern Australia, Senator Ian Macdonald.

Businesses should remember all the promises on this by Mr Rudd in the 2007 election campaign. He promised the world, but failed to deliver, Senator Macdonald said.

For instance he promised to introduce BAS Easy if he was elected, but dumped that plan on October 8 2009 as soon as he got to power.

Then in 2008 he promised to introduce unfair contract provisions for small business, only to break that promise in 2009 without any explanation at all.

Yesterday he promised to relieve small business of acting as the pay clerk for paid parental leave, yet Labor voted down that exact measure when it was proposed in the Parliament on February 24, 2011 and again on May 24, 2012.

Northern small businesses should be very wary - you cant trust Kevin Rudd to keep his word when talking about small business.

Businesses in Northern Australia already bear the burden of distance, being loaded up with costs directly related to the carbon tax which will only get worse if Mr Rudd is elected and the tax is imposed on heavy vehicles from July next year.

He has already demonstrated that his promises are not worth the oxygen it consumes to utter them and this latest confection is no different.

Senator Macdonald said that by contrast, the Coalition had committed to reducing the red and green tape cost burden on the Australian economy by $1 billion per year.

If small business is to prosper in the North, the only way is to elect a Coalition government which says what it means, and means what it says, Senator Macdonald said.

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