NT business shackled by red and green tape
GREEN and red tape loom as the biggest threat to the Territory’s economic performance, the business community has warned the Gunner Government.
The Chamber of Commerce NT says its 2019 Business Outlook Survey continues to deliver a raft of strong messages to the Government that if ignored will be at its own peril.
Acting chief executive officer Brian O’Gallagher said more than 460 responses, estimated to represent 10,000 to 15,000 employees, have been received.
“Their voices must be lisdecisions. tened to by the Gunner Government – they are a significant part of the Territory economy,” Mr O’Gallagher said.
“Things are crook … it is not working in this economy at the moment. Local business is frustrated.
“Red and green tape is the biggest concern so far. Indecisiveness, not making decisions are concerns.
“The Government’s willingness to make the hard decisions needed for budget repair and to stimulate private sector growth are also severely questioned.
“They are now questioning their ability to make the hard Local businesses have called on the Gunner Government to make it easier for the private sector to do business and for the NT Government to get its own budget under control.
“The early stats coming out of the survey are not good for the Gunner Government.”
Mr O’Gallagher said of serious concern to the Government has to be the fact that 59 per cent of respondents have rated the Gunner Government either extremely worse (23 per cent) or worse (36 per cent) than the previous CLP Government. Just 9 per cent rated it better. The remaining 32 per cent were neutral.
“In terms of employment expectations almost 30 per cent indicated they will be reducing their workforce and that’s a real problem because every day we hear about more businesses closing,” Mr O’Gallagher said.
“Fifty five per cent of business say they will struggle, but hopefully retain their staffing levels and 16 per cent say they expect to increase numbers.
“In terms of how the respondents rate the economic/ business performance of the Gunner Government, 80 per cent rate it extremely poor or poor. Four per cent rate it good and one respondent rated the current government extremely good. The other area that must be fixed is crime, law and order and social issues.”
The survey closes on January 18 and is available on the Chamber NT website in the ‘Latest News’ section.
“Things are crook … it is not working in this economy” BRIAN O’GALLAGHER