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Ease the anxiety for small and family businesses with a support package

The State Government must use this narrow window of opportunity to deliver a business support package in the event of another lockdown.

The anxiety levels of small and family business owners and their staff increase every time a new Covid case is announced or there is mention of a possible lockdown.

Shadow Minister for Small and Family Business Brent Mickelberg said it’s up to the Premier and her government to provide these Queenslanders with hope.

“Every time there is a new case, business owners across Queensland don’t know whether to order stock or roster on staff,” Mr Mickelberg said.

“It’s also a major blow to confidence every time there is mention of a possible lockdown, as people cancel their holidays or delay booking altogether.

“The LNP repeatedly called for a business support package before the last lockdown.

“The State Government didn’t listen and their lack of action cost Queenslanders big time. They must not make the same mistakes.

“It’s up to the State Government to give small and family businesses the certainty to carry on, and that involves a solid lockdown support package.

“A detailed package needs to be prepared and ready to roll out the moment another lockdown is announced.

“It must include a sliding scale approach with a simple and speedy application process.

“Money from the last lockdown support package – which was delivered late – is barely trickling into business bank accounts. That cash was needed more than a month ago.

“The LNP repeatedly called for a package before the last lockdown. The State Government must not make the same mistake.

“Small and family business owners and their staff deserve more than to be living each day on a knife’s edge.

“The State Government must provide a safety net to encourage every Queensland business to invest, trade and grow.”

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