DISCUSSION: Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud, addressing the audience about the importance of small business in regional Australia.
DISCUSSION: Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud, addressing the audience about the importance of small business in regional Australia. Mick Doyle

Company tax cuts to drive jobs, investment in regions

IT WAS the opportunity many small business owners had been seeking - the chance to talk face to face with representatives from Canberra.

The Small Business Round Table made its way to the Dalby Leagues Club, with business owners from as far away as Kingaroy coming to discuss the state of small business in the region.

The 90-minute forum fielded questions covering a wide range of issues from the rollout of the NBN, to issues small business owners have with tax information.

Director of small business experience at the ATO, David Colahan, received the majority of attention, with those in the audience asking questions related to the government's new tax cuts for small business and problems that businesses face with banks.

While the open discussion was mostly positive, some issues of concern were raised.

Members of the council and the Dalby Chamber of Commerce raised telecommunication issues with both Mr Littleproud and McCormack.

Blackspots, reception and landline issues were addressed, with Mr Littleproud saying Telstra had being failing the region.

Mr Littleproud said the small business roadshow was a great opportunity to discuss small business.

"There are thousands of small business success stories right throughout rural Queensland and the Minister's roadshow is a great way to show the region's potential," he said.


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