Gordon Hill

Gordon Hill

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    Business and industry threatened by Opposition axing

    26/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Small business and the fishing industry are threatened by the Opposition's unwillingness to reveal which Government programs will be axed to pay for its $4.4 billion election promises.
     
    Small Business and Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill said deputy Liberal leader Colin Barnett had dodged questions on which programs would be axed and had said higher taxes were not the only way to raise funds.
     
    "Inherent in every Opposition policy is the belief that the State and its people should be left to fend for themselves.  This should be a real worry to all Western Australians," Mr Hill said.
     
    "The State Government has implemented numerous policies and programs which are vital in expanding business opportunities for small to medium sized enterprises.
     
    "What the Opposition says is that they will leave industry alone, what they mean is they do not want the burden of supporting these important programs.
     
    "Under such a regime, important initiatives to foster mariculture and aquaculture would be at risk, as well as the Import Replacement Program and trade promotions, including the Export Market Support Scheme, which approved 250 claims last year."
     
    Mr Hill said the State Government believed in supporting small business and industries important to the State.
     
    "The Premier's 'Adding Value' plan includes programs to transform the State's economy and produce a better environment in which we can take our place in the wider international community," he said.
     
    "We have to look ahead, not backwards.  This Government will not ignore the needs of fledgling industries, it will not abandon programs which give many new and expanding businesses the chance to prosper and create employment."