Labor still failing Queensland's small and medium businesses


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Support for the Palaszczuk Labor Government's policies has slumped yet again in the latest quarterly Sensis survey of small and medium businesses.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government was already rated the least business-friendly in Australia by Sensis, but its rating fell another four points in the December quarter to a shocking -23 points.

LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said Queenslanders have lost all faith in the Palaszczuk Labor Government's ability to manage the economy and support small and medium businesses.

"This is now the 5th consecutive quarter that the Palaszczuk Labor Government has been the rated the least business-friendly government in Australia," Mr Mander said.

"Small and medium sized businesses think the Palaszczuk Labor Government is the worst in Australia by a huge margin.

"Annastacia Palaszczuk has lost control of the economy and small and medium businesses are suffering as a result.

"In the last year alone, Labor has smashed Queenslanders with five new taxes and business confidence is at rock bottom.

"Vital infrastructure projects are being held up by Labor as they delay signing off or demand more cash.

"Unemployment is rising and 162,000 Queenslanders are out-of-work thanks to Labor's economic mismanagement and inability to govern.

"And with a negative outlook on employment by small business, finding a job is set to become even harder for struggling Queenslanders."

Mr Mander said the Palaszczuk Labor Government should be keeping up with the Federal Government's Sensis rating in Queensland, which is positive and rising.

"Labor's refusal to work with the Federal Government has had disastrous consequences for small and medium businesses across Queensland," Mr Mander said.

"Queensland used to be Australia's economic powerhouse, but under Labor all we're seeing is more tax, higher debt and increased unemployment.

"Only the LNP will ensure small businesses have the support they need to create jobs across Queensland."

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