Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino has welcomed the calling of the election as an opportunity for the people of Forrest to have a real say on the future direction of the nation.
“It is an honour to represent the people of Forrest and it is a responsibility I have never taken for granted,” Mrs Marino said.
“For the past six years I have spoken up on what matters most to them and I hope to continue to do so, hopefully in a Coalition government which could make a real change for the better.
“During my time in office I have also been able to assist thousands of people with their enquiries about Federal issues, such as Centrelink and immigration, as well as providing them with relevant support and information on other matters.
“I am really looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces throughout the electorate during the campaign.”
“People continue to tell me that the rising cost of living, education, health and employment concerns are the biggest issues for them ahead of the election,” Mrs Marino said.
“Those in business communities tell me constantly that the uncertainty and divisiveness of the past six years from the Labor Government has eroded confidence in their sector.
“The Liberal Party is the traditionally the best friend of small business, industry and tourism which are among our top employers and integral to the economy of the South West.
“This will be even more necessary as the mining boom comes off the boil over the next few years.
“Helping our small businesses grow and succeed is key to a stronger South West region.
“Under the Labor Government, small business has been burdened with new taxes and regulations without any thought of the impact.
“The Coalition will boost the growth rate of small business formations, and create one million new jobs nationally within five years through lower taxes, more efficient government and more productive businesses.”
The Liberal Party’s plan to grow Australia’s small businesses includes:
- Scrapping the carbon tax
- Cutting $1 billion worth of red and green tape
- Conducting a ‘root and branch’ review of competition laws
- Introducing a ‘fair dinkum’ paid parental leave scheme – that puts small business on an even playing field with big business
- Extending unfair contract provisions to small business
- Not proceeding with Labor’s $1.8 billion hit on FBT and cars