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May 02, 2018

New data from the Federal Parliamentary Library has revealed that the Turnbull Government’s $65 billion tax cut for big businesses will have little benefit for Bert Van Manen’s electorate of Forde.

The official figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, show that only thirteen businesses based in Forde will share in the LNP’s windfall for big business.

These figures put the lie to Bert Van Manen’s claim that the tax cut will deliver higher wages and more jobs locally.

Even Bert Van Manen has admitted that small business is the most important employer in his electorate, saying that small businesses are the “backbone of our local economy and our largest employer in Forde.”

There are over 11 000 small businesses in Forde. But Malcolm Turnbull and Bert Van Manen have decided to give a tax cut to just thirteen big businesses instead.

There is nothing in these tax cuts for small business. In fact, if Mr Turnbull and Mr Van Manen’s tax cut passes the Senate, local small businesses will face the same company tax rate as big business from interstate.

Bert Van Manen must come out today and withdraw his support for Mr Turnbull’s gift to big business.

It is not good enough that only thirteen local businesses will benefit, especially since the tax cut is being funded by cuts to local schools, hospitals, training and universities.

We already know that hardly any of the benefits of this tax cut for big business will trickle down to households. And now we know that it won’t trickle down to local business either!

How can Bert Van Manen continue to back a tax cut for the big banks after the disgraceful revelations at the banking royal commission? Whose side is he on?

Malcolm Turnbull and his yes-man in Queensland, Bert Van Manen have been caught out. These new figures are just more proof that this tax cut will not help regional Queenslanders.

Bert Van Manen would rather back in Malcolm Turnbull and Canberra than actually stand up for the people in regional Queensland who need it the most.

First they backed in cuts to penalty rates.

Then they backed in cuts to our schools, hospitals, universities and apprenticeships.

And now they’re backing in cuts to big businesses, which will mean less money for our local services.

Once again, Bert Van Manen has decided to put Malcolm Turnbull and Canberra over their community. They would rather fight for big business than stand up for Queensland.

It’s about time that Forde had a local member that wasn’t afraid to put our local community first.