Apprentice Policy Back Down

Apprentice Policy Back Down

South Australia Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond

Another Weatherill Broken Promise

Victor P Taffa

While Labor budgets a paltry $2 Million per year to turn around South Australia’s manufacturing sector, it is simultaneously cutting the payroll tax deductibility for companies and small businesses employing trainees and apprentices.

“While the Government gives with one hand, it takes away with the other.” Liberal Leader Isobel Redmond said.

“This is a very disappointing result for a sector expecting much more from a Government intent on selling the spin of its commitment to manufacturing in recent months.”

“Cuts to the payroll tax deductibility for companies employing trainees and apprentices are also a disappointing result for South Australian small businesses and a breach of faith by the Government.”

“This latest blow will cut support to the business sector by more than $25 Million per year.”

“Today’s pre-budget announcement is just another broken promise on Labor’s original commitment to deliver more jobs for South Australians.”

At the time of the announcement in the final week of the 2010 election campaign, former Premier Rann said:

“We’ve mapped out our vision for the South Australian economy and for growing jobs for South Australians. Our next step in delivering these jobs is giving a huge incentive to employers to take on more apprentices and trainees.” (Press release, 17/03/2010)

“In typical Labor style, it matches a popular Liberal policy before the election and cancels it after the election.” Ms. Redmond said.

“This is another illustration of why the Weatherill Labor Government can’t be trusted.”

“Big promises before the election Big back downs after the election.” Ms. Redmond said.

“This comes at a very bad time for the business sector in South Australia, which is already struggling with the highest business taxes and the lowest business confidence in the country.”

“It is clear that this Labor Government has abandoned South Australian businesses yet again.” Ms. Redmond said.