01/09/2008 - 08:08

CCI bemoans lack of political vision

01/09/2008 - 08:08

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia has expressed disappointment at the absence of a vision for the future, and detailed plans to achieve it, by the State's politicians during the election campaign.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia has expressed disappointment at the absence of a vision for the future, and detailed plans to achieve it, by the State's politicians during the election campaign.

Western Australians deserve political leaders who are visionary, able to develop sound policies, and responsive to the needs of business and industry, CCI Chief Executive James Pearson said in a statement.

Instead, the campaign to date has been characterised by short term approaches, ad hoc plans, and policies that appear to take business and industry for granted.

CCI believes Western Australians deserve, and should expect, good leadership and governance from their elected representatives.

On Saturday 6 September, Western Australians will make an important decision about who will govern for the next four years.

The need to maximise economic growth and business investment, and promote Western Australia as an attractive place to live and work, has never been greater.

It is business investment that is driving growth in the WA economy. It is the hard work of WA employers, and their workers, that is generating wealth for the State and the Nation.

However, WA faces significant challenges, which if not properly addressed, will restrict investment and business activity, slow economic growth, and limit WA realising its full potential.

With less than one week of the campaign remaining, the major parties have yet to release plans to address the State's chronic labour shortages, secure the energy system, provide meaningful tax relief for business and households, and improve government efficiency and service delivery, to name just a few of the key issues that matter to WA business and industry.

CCI believes these are glaring omissions.

CCI calls on the State's political leaders to use the final week of the election campaign to clearly spell out their vision for the future, and commit to deliver sound policies that will and make the State an even better place to live and work.

 

STANDING BY BUSINESS. TRUSTED BY BUSINESS.

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