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Hunter Business Chamber regularly provides statements and the views of the regional business community on important policy issues. Recent statements are listed below.

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Chamber petition puts pressure on Labor over payroll tax
15 January 2019
The NSW Business Chamber has launched an online petition calling on NSW Labor leader Michael Daley to reverse his plan to axe payroll tax concessions for small business.
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Labor’s plan to axe payroll tax reform is bad for business
21 December 2018
Labor’s plan to axe the lifting of the payroll tax threshold will penalise hundreds of small businesses in the Hunter region and discourage employers from putting on new staff, Hunter Business Chamber CEO Bob Hawes said today.
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Business Chamber launches election campaign
19 December 2018
The state’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber, has formally launched its campaign ahead of the March state election.
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Collaboration the key to improved business outcomes for Newcastle
11 December 2018
The Hunter Business Chamber has given in-principle support to a more collaborative framework for Newcastle’s community-based business organisations but cautioned that any new service provision model should reflect the intent of the special rate levy and support the diverse needs of the city’s various business precincts.
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New task force to drive defence opportunity in the Hunter
05 December 2018
A high-level advocacy and action group has been formed to promote the Hunter’s defence industry capability and drive more defence contracts and investment to the region.
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Chamber welcomes government focus on faster rail
04 December 2018
The Hunter Business Chamber has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of an investigation into the establishment of a fast train network.
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Newcastle building company wins NSW Business Award
27 November 2018
Newcastle building and construction firm SEHEZ Group won the Excellence in Small Business Award at the NSW Business Awards, announced at a gala ceremony at Luna Park in North Sydney on Friday night.
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Golden night for the Hunter at NSW Tourism Awards
23 November 2018
Hunter tourism operators won four Gold awards and Port Stephens’ Sand Dune Adventures was inducted into the Hall of Fame in a glittering night for the region at the NSW Tourism Awards at Luna Park on Thursday.
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Planning makes perfect for Boxing Day trading
20 November 2018
The Hunter Business Chamber has encouraged retail employers intending to open on Boxing Day to plan ahead to ensure a successful and trouble-free day of trading.
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New lending fund a much-needed boost to small business
14 November 2018
Hunter Business Chamber has welcomed the announcement of the Australian Business Securitisation Fund, which is intended to make it easier for small business owners to access finance.
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