NSW Business Chamber policy manager Joanne Yates with Stephen Cartwright, Thomas George and Toni Zuschke.
NSW Business Chamber policy manager Joanne Yates with Stephen Cartwright, Thomas George and Toni Zuschke. John Gass

Campaigning for a better deal

EXECUTIVES from the NSW Business Chamber used the main street footpath of Murwillumbah yesterday to launch a statewide campaign by bus aimed at changing the way businesses are dealt with in New South Wales.

Declaring that “NSW cannot afford another four years like the last four”, NSW Business Chamber CEO Stephen Cartwright met local business leaders, National Party MP for Lismore Thomas George and passersby as he launched a regional bus tour pushing the message “NSW Deserves Better”.

The chamber’s campaign bus was parked outside the Murwillumbah Police Station for an hour before heading off to Ballina, Lismore and Grafton on the first leg of the tour.

Mr Cartwright said the bus would visit more than 35 metropolitan and regional locations while highlighting election issues for businesses.

“NSW has dropped the ball in key areas like transport, infrastructure, taxation and planning and it’s towns and regional cities we will be visiting that have felt it the most,” Mr Cartwright said.

“We deserve better than a soap opera, and we deserve better than the glib one-liners that currently masquerade as public policy.”

He found little disagreement from Mr George who said the Coalition parties were promising to create 100,000 new jobs, 40,000 of them in regional NSW, and establish a $45 million infrastructure fund. How-ever, Mr George was wary of calls for a Northern Rivers economic zone, with lower taxes matching those in Queensland, saying new areas could create new border problems.

Mr Cartwright said the chamber’s bus tour would focus on both statewide and local issues.



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