Govt job cuts 'won't hurt economy'
ONE of the state's leading business groups says the Queensland Government's job cuts will not hurt the economy.
CCIQ believes the current budget savings and job cuts being implemented by the Queensland Government will not have a negative impact upon the state economy, but will impact significantly upon the state's budget deficit, debt and ability to fund projects and services in the future.
A statement issued by the organisation said whilst the number of 20,000 jobs has been used to attempt to scare the Queensland public, it was important to remember that 20,000 jobs represented only 0.85% of the state's entire workforce.
According to the latest Commonwealth Bank Pulse Survey of Business Conditions;
- Only 0.5% of businesses indicated public sector job cuts had impacted on their business
- 1.3% of businesses stated that public sector expenditure cuts were hurting their business.
CCIQ President David Goodwin said: "Queensland businesses should not be concerned about the
changes being made in the public sector.
"The reality is that at this stage Queensland is facing a budget deficit, which can only be addressed by making savings or increasing taxes.
"As a business owner I have had to make savings in my business, I have had to make tough decisions to balance my budget and I do not believe that the Queensland government and public sector should be any different.
"Like any business, Queensland's state government cannot go on living beyond its means and
expecting tax payers and business to fund an ever increasing deficit.
"Unless the government acts now to balance the books, debt will continue to spiral and this will impact upon public spending, infrastructure projects and commercial growth strategies."