Thursday, 2 September 2021
Statements by Members
Moncrieff Electorate: Economy
Recently, the Morrison government, in conjunction with the Queensland government, announced a $600 million support package to assist businesses and the tourism sector which have been suffering due to state imposed lockdowns. I extend my thanks to Gold Coast industry leaders and, in particular, to Moncrieff City Heart task force members, who provided valuable insights and key pillar reports that I delivered directly to the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
My subsequent letter to the Prime Minister, the finance minister, the Treasurer and the tourism minister, calling for urgent assistance measures, helped to underpin the reasoning for this support package that was announced by the Treasurer. As a result of three Gold Coast LNP members working together to advocate for this package, our voice was heard loud and clear in Canberra and we delivered a result for Gold Coast businesses when they needed it most. In addition to that assistance, last week the Treasurer announced the expansion of the SME loan scheme, which will now help many businesses in my electorate to qualify. These measures give so many the chance to keep their businesses operating, their staff employed and their hopes intact.
On behalf of Moncrieff, I thank the Treasurer, the Prime Minister and cabinet for their rapid response to our calls for help. This support at this time means we can lift our heads, look to the horizon and work towards opening safely, in line with the national plan.