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    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Local business backs Palaszczuk Government’s Buy Queensland

    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    Local business backs Palaszczuk Government’s Buy Queensland

    Small and medium businesses are getting behind the Palaszczuk Governments Buy Queensland local procurement strategy, with a new survey from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) showing overwhelming support for the policy.

    Speaking on ABC Radio, CCIQ General Manager of Advocacy Kate Whittle again strongly endorsed the policy.

    When asked by Steve Austin if she still supported the Buy Queensland policy of the State Government, Ms Whittle said “Absolutely.”

    “We recently conducted a Reachtel poll of 1500 small and medium enterprise businesses across Queensland and we asked them directly what their thoughts were on local procurement,” Ms Whittle said.

    “The Question was do you support the assessment criteria for government procurement favouring local Queensland businesses.

    “Over 75% strongly supported or supported the assessment criteria for Government procurement favouring local Queensland  businesses, while 3% opposed it.”

    Ms Whittle has previously described the Buy Queensland Policy as “an absolute shot in the arm for small business.”

    Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni welcomed CCIQ’s continued and enthusiastic backing of the Government’s landmark policy.

    “There is a genuine excitement amongst Queensland small businesses for our local Buy Queensland policy,” Mr de Brenni said.

    “Over 2500 people have packed out our Buy Queensland information sessions right across the state.

    “Buy Queensland gives local companies a weighting of up to 30% when tendering for government work.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is recognising the important role that small and medium businesses play in our local communities by acknowledging that value for money means a lot more than just securing the lowest price.”

    Mr de Brenni said the Buy Queensland policy stood in stark contrast to the LNP’s race to the bottom approach.

    “Cut Price Tim Nicholls and his cabal of LNP cutters want to force local Queensland companies to compete with companies from low wage countries in Asia and Africa.

    “Tim Nicholls reckons companies from New Zealand count as ‘local.’ Cut Price Tim is clearly out of touch.

    “Tim Nicholls plan to let big overseas companies put the screws on local businesses is downright dangerous.

    “Queenslanders should never forget the debacle of Nicholls’ cut price trains from India.”

    ENDS

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