Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd. Tom Huntley

Austick closure prompts O'Dowd to place blame on policies

WITH the closure of the Austicks factory in Gladstone, Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd has discussed the impact of Labor policies, excessive regulation and increasing taxes are having on the Gladstone region.

Mr O'Dowd said he was disappointed to hear that Austicks had closed its doors and will now source product from overseas.

"This will leave some fifty people without a job and another hole in the diversity of employment and industry in Gladstone," Mr O'Dowd said.
"This valuable family-owned business is just one of many that have shut the gate or left the region this year, confirming the challenging times in our local community.

"Over the past few years I have told the Federal Parliament many times the Government cannot create ever more regulation, red tape and taxes without impacting on the ability of a business to be viable and employ people. Sadly, no-one from the Rudd or Gillard governments has listened.

"I spent more than 30 years in small business and I know how challenging it can be at the best of times, let alone having to deal with the Government's hand in your pockets and chain around your ankle.

"A strong and vibrant community is made up of many things, including a diverse range of businesses and industries that give people the opportunity to find work in many different fields. When we lose that diversity we risk becoming a one stringed banjo and that's what the Labor Government doesn't get.

"Business and industry like Austicks have faced challenging times with the high Australian dollar and the last thing they need is the burden of over-regulation and excessive tax."

Mr O'Dowd said the Coalition has committed to getting rid of $1 billion worth of red tape and regulation in the economy and will allocate one day in every parliamentary sitting to repealing what her deemed "useless regulation".

He said the Coalition planned to create one million jobs over the next five years and cut company tax by one-and-a-half per cent.

"This will go a long way towards lowering the cost of doing business in Australia and our local communities and give our business and industry a fighting chance when facing tough economic conditions like a high dollar.

"We have to restore confidence in our community and that can only come with wise government and sound policy. Neither are attributes of the Rudd/Gillard Government and nor will they ever be," Mr O'Dowd said.  

Mr O'Dowd's comments come exactly one month prior to the Federal Election, where he will once again contest for the seat of Flynn. You can find a comprehensive guide to the seat of Flynn here.

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