Federal Election 2019: Coalition returned, must now focus on reforms that matter

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has joined with regional chambers and business groups to congratulate the Liberal-National coalition on the reelection of the Morrison Government as part of the 46thparliament of Australia.

Throughout this election, small businesses across Queensland and Australia urged all parties to focus on serious reforms which will set the country up for decades to come.

CCIQ CEO, Stephen Tait said that the Chamber of Commerce enjoys strong working relationships with both major parties and it is important now to focus on the reforms that matter.  

“Australia is at its best when the focus on tax reform, boosting national incomes, and balancing the needs of our environment with sustainable commercial practices forms the core objectives of the body politic.

“We need to get our energy policy settings right, embrace the opportunity of being a leader in driving efficiencies in the environmental space offers, simplify the tax system and become the place to start a business.  

“Throughout the election campaign the SME sector has been one voice saying the small business is a big deal and can play a pivotal role in achieving these outcomes,” Mr Tait said.

The Coalition won its third term off the back of a historic Queensland win and older Australians seemingly punishing Labor for coming after their retirement savings.

The issue of Adani undoubtedly secured several seats in Queensland, giving the mine new, political potency at the ballot box.

The Coalition suffered significant swings against it in Victoria, and in NSW, former prime minister Tony Abbott was decisively booted out of his seat of 25 years, Warringah, by independent Zali Steggall. Several seats were too close to call last night.

The Coalition won with more than 40 per cent of the primary vote while Labor’s had plummeted to its 20s.

Against the odds, the LNP in Queensland held all its 21 seats and picked up the Labor-held electorates of Longman and Herbert. The LNP now holds a record number of seats.

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