Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP has called out Labor Senator Murray Watt and Forde’s Labor candidate Des Hardman’s campaign fail following claims the Gold Coast Bulletin the Turnbull Government’s business tax cuts fail to support small business.
“How quickly Senator Watt and Mr Hardman forget the Turnbull Coalition Government has already delivered tax cuts to small businesses, which supports more than 15,000 businesses in my electorate of Forde,” Mr van Manen said.
“Unlike Labor who wants to increase taxes, the Turnbull Government has delivered substantial reforms designed to put more money into people’s pockets.
“In small business tax cuts, energy, school funding, childcare and medicines, our government has delivered reforms which are supporting hardworking families and creating more than 1000 jobs every week.”
Mr van Manen said yesterday’s press conference by Senator Watt and Mr Hardman showed just how out of touch they were with not only the electorate, but Government policies.
“How quickly Labor has forgotten the Coalition Government has delivered small business tax cuts to 3.2 million businesses nationwide which employ 6.7 million Australians,” Mr van Manen said.
“Our Government also introduced the instant asset write-off to help small businesses invest in new equipment and machinery to grow their business, a measure which was taken up by 300,000 small businesses last year.
“If Mr Hardman is serious about representing Forde he should stop misleading the community.
“On Monday I was joined by Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Senator Zed Seselja to visit a number of local businesses and the feedback was tremendous.
“Many of these businesses are not only benefiting from the small business tax cut to 27.5 per cent, but some are almost doubling production and expanding their workforce to keep up with increased business as a result of strong economic growth.
“I am proud to be part of a government that’s backing small and medium businesses, created more jobs and strengthened the economy. The proof is in the pudding.”