Time to act

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

IT’S time for the Prime Min­is­ter to stop pro­cras­ti­nat­ing and make his first na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant de­ci­sion as a leader, by re­peal­ing the Road Safety Re­mu­ner­a­tion Tri­bunal. Through this body, the gov­ern­ment dic­tates what self-em­ployed small busi­ness own­ers must charge for their ser­vices, then threat­ens to fine the cus­tomers up to $54,000 for non-com­pli­ance. Per­versely, medium and large truck­ing firms that have no fam­ily re­la­tion­ship con­nec­tions don’t have to charge these rates. This is a bla­tant at­tack on owner-driv­ers and small busi­ness own­ers. We are a free en­ter­prise mar­ket econ­omy, not some dodgy so­cial­ist back­wa­ter. This is an ugly stitch-up by La­bor and the TWU to gain more power and con­trol, pack­aged un­der the false premise that it is about im­prov­ing road safety. The RSRT must be re­pealed. Fam­ily First will al­ways stand up for small busi­ness.

Rod McGarvie, Se­nate Can­di­date, Fam­ily First Queens­land

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