Un­prece­dented call to sup­port busi­ness

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

A THREE-PRONGED ap­proach, spear­headed by Tourism Whit­sun­days chief ex­ec­u­tive Craig Turner, has con­vinced Ge­orge Chris­tensen to lobby the Fed­eral Govern­ment to of­fer tax re­lief to Whit­sun­day busi­nesses.

Tourism Whit­sun­days and the Proser­pine and Whit­sun­day Coast Cham­bers of Com­merce sent let­ters to Mr Chris­tensen seek­ing the can­cel­la­tion of GST and BAS re­quire­ments for one quar­ter, post Cy­clone Deb­bie.

The idea struck Mr Turner as a vi­able way to en­sure strug­gling busi­nesses could main­tain a steady cash-flow.

“The govern­ment needs to un­der­stand that if these busi­nesses close they will never pay GST again,” he said.

“We need to give them re­lief for a quar­ter so they can con­tinue to pay it on an on­go­ing ba­sis.”

Daw­son MP Ge­orge Chris­tensen said he would write to the Fi­nance Depart­ment to sup­port the idea. “I don’t know if there is prece­dent for it, but I will try and get it any­way, and fail­ing that I will want to sug­gest ways to fur­ther sup­port lo­cal busi­ness in cy­clone-af­fected ar­eas,” he said.

Mr Turner said while his call might be “un­prece­dented” so was the weather event.

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