WE have already seen sweeping changes to the way our country is run since the Liberal Party took power on September 7.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has abolished the Climate Commission, sacked three department heads in a shake-up of federal bureaucracy, declared non-disclosure of the arrival of asylum seeker boats on our shores, dismissed calls to change the GST, ordered his ministers to speak with a “united voice” to the media and, yesterday, moved to calm concerns the Federal Government was planning to scrap the university student amenities fee.
The Abbott Government has set new targets for NBN Co and will review the project’s rollout, will travel to Jakarta next week with a business delegation in the hope of strengthening ties with Indonesia, and has established an Indigenous Advisory Council to inform policy and “focus on practical changes to improve the lives of Aboriginal people”.
All this in just three weeks.
On the home front, new Liberal MP Peter Hendy has been quiet – and who can blame him.
Mr Hendy has been in limbo since September 7, leading Mike Kelly by little more than 1000 votes.
Now the election vote count is finalised, let’s hope we see some action.
Mr Hendy has declared his main agenda in Eden-Monaro is to boost small business.
No surprise given his background as chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as his stints for the International Chamber of Commerce, the Australian Made Campaign Limited, the National Business Action Fund and as Australian representative on the Business and Industry Advisory Committee of the OECD.
He says the best way to create job security is to support small business and ensure it’s got the best environment.
I’m sure this is welcome news to the many locally-owned struggling businesses in the Eurobodalla - and for the many people in the shire looking for employment.
Mr Hendy – it’s now time to get down to business.