8 October 2015
Transcript - #2015052, 2015

In the role of: Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer [21 September 2015 - 18 July 2016]

Doorstop interview, Sydney

I am delighted to be in Sydney today here with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to talk about the issues that affect business, both big and small.

I have today spoken about the Government direction in relation to small business policy and the need for us to be able to invest in our people, the most valuable resource that our nation has.

It is only through investing in our people and giving them the opportunities that they need that we will be able to innovate, that our small businesses will be able to grow and become even bigger businesses and that they will be able to create wealth, not only for our nation, but for themselves and for their families to make their future an even brighter one.

I understand that today the Leader of the Opposition has made announcements in relation to infrastructure. The Government of course welcomes all good ideas. It is interesting though that this latest idea from the Leader of the Opposition adds to a list of ideas that count for more than $50 billion worth of spending.

So we also look forward to the Leader of the Opposition outlining how it is that he will pay for these ideas.

We need to keep our Budget under control. We need to be responsible. It is only in being responsible that we will be able to ensure that we have the living standards that Australians rightly demand and also expect.

We look forward to hearing more from the Leader of the Opposition about how he will pay for these promises and pay for these ideas. And I note as well, that when it comes to infrastructure, not only do you need good ideas but you need particularly good implementation and it is the implementation where the rubber will hit the road.

So we look forward to hearing more. Once again it has been wonderful to be here with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry talking with people about how we can grow business in this country through tax reform, through investing in our human capital, through infrastructure investment, through the changes that we need to make in order to reform our economy so that it can continue to grow, not only this in its twenty fifth year of uninterrupted economic growth, but well into the future for the next twenty five years.

Thank you.