Anne Aly talks to the WBA

North Coast Weekender - - Front Page - Laura Pond

BUSI­NESS peo­ple were en­cour­aged to pro­vide feed­back on Fed­eral is­sues af­fect­ing them at a Wanneroo break­fast this month.

Cowan MHR Anne Aly was guest speaker at the Wanneroo Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion event, where she talked about key is­sues and an­swered ques­tions.

She de­scribed the last month in Par­lia­ment as “in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing” be­cause much of the de­bate had been around is­sues fac­ing the eastern states.

“It’s been very hard to get a word in about WA,” she said.

Dr Aly said she wanted to pro­vide a voice for busi­ness own­ers in her elec­torate and con­nect Cowan with Can­berra.

She was keen to hear feed­back on tax cuts, how the govern­ment could sup­port busi­nesses and pro­mote in­no­va­tion, and re­ferred to Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten’s pledge to cre­ate an in­fra­struc­ture fund to off­set WA’s low GST share.

“I have al­ways been dead against these things that don’t have a sub­stan­tive change,” she said.

“We should be de­mand­ing a sub­stan­tive change in for­mula to en­sure it doesn’t hap­pen in the fu­ture.”

But she believed it was “bet­ter than noth­ing and a good start­ing point” and would push for the north­ern sub­urbs to ben­e­fit from the fund.

Dr Aly told the au­di­ence she was also both­ered by a lack of “courage and for­ward think­ing” in the Govern­ment to ef­fect change.

“I’m proud of Aus­tralia and Cowan but it also makes me in­cred­i­bly frus­trated with all the bar­ri­ers to reach our po­ten­tial,” she said.

Is­sues raised by au­di­ence mem­bers in­cluded Aus­tralia Post’s de­liv­ery in­ef­fi­ciency, public trans­port, re­duc­ing bu­reau­cracy and tax con­ces­sions.

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