Senior federal shadow minister Greg Hunt has promised Deniliquin businesses a Coalition Government would implement a business tax cut.By Zoe McMaugh
Small businesses will see a tax reduction under a Federal Coalition government, according to senior shadow minister Greg Hunt.
The Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage said the tax on business would be reduced from 38 per cent to 28.5 per cent by July 1, 2015 if the Coalition claims the September 7 election.
He said it was just one way the Coalition hoped to reduce costs for small business and individuals.
The Coalition has also vowed to scrap the carbon tax, instead offering a voluntary carbon buy-back scheme.
He said reducing the cost of electricity was also a priority.
It is the business tax reduction, however, which Mr Hunt said would help ease the pressures being felt by small business.
He hopes it will be a stepping stone to more support for business owners.
‘‘It’s not going to make a lot of difference, but it will provide an incentive for things to get better .
Mr Hunt told local business and industry leaders there was ‘‘no debate or doubt’’ about the Coalition scrapping the carbon tax when meeting with them in Deniliquin on Monday afternoon.
‘‘Instead of a tax on regional Australia, we want to let people get on with their lives,’’ he said.
Deniliquin Business Chamber executive officer Lisa Berges welcomed the opportunity to meet with Mr Hunt on Monday, saying his openness and willingness to work with chamber and Deni Council was to be commended.
‘‘I think the meeting went very well and that Mr Hunt seems very affable and a supportive man for Deniliquin.
‘‘There did not seem to be a lot of rhetoric and he seems eager to work with Deniliquin Council and chamber on a number of issues.
‘‘The feedback from some businesses, however, was that they had heard it all before, but we can’t stop these conversations.
‘‘As soon as we stop it we’ll be swept under the rug .
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