Shadow Small Business Minister Fiona Simpson

April 30, 2020

The LNP has launched an online petition calling for State Government COVID-19 emergency relief grants for small businesses.

Shadow Minister for Small Business Fiona Simpson said Queensland was the only State not distributing relief grants directly to struggling small businesses.

She urged Queenslanders to sign the LNP petition which demands that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad introduce similar grants to save our small businesses.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Queensland’s economy but they have been overlooked by Labor in this crisis,” Ms Simpson said.

“It is disappointing – to say the least ­– that Queensland is the only State refusing to give grants to small businesses that have been hit hard.”

She said about 97 per cent of small businesses had not received a dollar of coronavirus payroll tax relief as their annual wage bills did not meet the $1.3m payroll tax threshold.

Ms Simpson urged Queenslanders to help small business by signing the LNP petition and continuing to buy local.

“Labor has let small businesses down, so it’s up to Queenslanders to stand up for them,” Ms Simpson said.

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