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LATEST NEWS

14 March 2013

What does energy reform in Tasmania mean for Tasmanian households and businesses. TCCI Chief Economist Phil Bayley spoke to Louise Saunders on ABC Radio.

[listen here] 


27 February 2013

Peak body disappointed at socio-economic study on forestry sector report detail 

TASMANIA’S peak employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) says it is disappointed in the detail of the report on the socio-economic impacts of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement (TFA). 

The report was released today with claims from the Commonwealth and State Governments that is would ‘save’ more than 500 direct industry jobs. 

TCCI Chief Economist Phil Bayley said a primary concern was the fact that the report underestimated the starting point. [read more]


21 February 2013

TCCI welcomes progress on freight and logistics in Tasmania

The State’s peak employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI), has welcomed the international freight service initiated by Bell Bay Aluminium, which it said would help alleviate the problems faced by Tasmanian exporters in accessing international markets.

The TCCI is committed to pursuing a long-term solution that is sustainable for all Tasmanian businesses, exporters and importers, including those trading across Bass Strait. [read more]
Friday, February 15 2013

Peak body seeks more transparency in State government finances

TASMANIA’S peak employer the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) believes more could be done to provide transparency in the State Government’s finances.

TCCI’s Chief Economist Phil Bayley said the TCCI supports the Government’s commitment to publishing quarterly financial reports.

However, it would take some time for the seasonal trends to become apparent and therefore allow these reports to be a stronger guide on whether the Government’s revenue and spending is on track against annual estimates. [read more]


15 February 2013

TCCI to seek clarification of Express Post cut

PEAK employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) is seeking clarification from Australia Post on its reported decision to cut the guaranteed next-day express post delivery service between regional Tasmanian centres and the mainland.

TCCI Chief Executive Michael Bailey said he was seriously concerned at reports that with the exception of Hobart, Tasmania would lose the next day postal service.

It would have a major impact on Tasmanian business, particularly those in export and finance industries that relied on receiving interstate documentation overnight. [read more]


14 February 2013

TCCI welcomes small business plan

PEAK employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) has welcomed the release of the State Liberal Opposition’s release of a small business plan.

TCCI Chief Executive Michael Bailey said small business was the lifeblood of the Tasmanian economy and it needed to be a priority focus for all political parties.

Mr Bailey said the Liberal’s focus in the plan on reducing government red and green tape would strike a chord with business. [read more]


11 February 2013

ECONOMY IN HOLDING PATTERN

THE Tasmania’s economy remains in a holding pattern, with most businesses and employers constrained by weak demand for goods and services.

That is the outcome of the latest Tasmanian Survey of Business Expectations shows just a marginal increase in the business outlook for the current three months.

The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Chief Economist, Phil Bayley, has described the current economic conditions as anaemic. [read more]

 


 Friday, February 8 2013

PEAK EMPLOYER WELCOMES TARKINE DECISION

Tasmania’s peak employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI), has welcomed the decision by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke’s decision not to list the entire Tarkine region in the State’s North West on the National Heritage Register.

Minister Burke announced the decision this morning.

TCCI CEO Michael Bailey said the Chamber congratulated the Minister on his ‘responsible’ decision to ensure that Tasmania had access to key resources in the future. [read more]


 Wednesday 6 February 2013

NEW TCCI DIRECTORS APPOINTED

PEAK business and employer organisation, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) has appointed two new Directors to the Board.

They are Launceston executive Damon Wells and Hobart businesswoman Polly Venning... [read more]


Tuesday 29 January 2013

 TCCI CALLS FOR FISCAL RESTRAINT WITH KEY INITIATIVES A BUDGET IMPERATIVE

TASMANIA’S peak business and employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) says the State Government must  maintain fiscal restraint to ensure long-term economic and jobs growth.

In its submission to the State Government’s pre-budget community consultations, the TCCI says the correlation between the budget deficit and business confidence is well established and confidence is unlikely to recover until the Government’s fiscal position improves markedly.... [read more]



Monday 21 January 2013

REPORT STRESSES NEED FOR URGENT ECONOMIC ACTION


THE State’s peak business body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) says the latest CommSec State of the States Report underlines the need for urgent action to revitalise the Tasmanian economy.


While the jobs package announced in early December to address an anaemic State economy is yet to kick in, more needs to be done if Tasmania is to lift itself off the bottom of the national economic performance table.


TCCI Chief Executive Michael Bailey said a positive first step would be to reduce taxes on business as Tasmania currently ranked as the second highest business taxing State in the Commonwealth... [read more]

 


Thursday 17 January 2013


FOREST PEACE DEAL FLAWED by locking out majority views and Governments avoiding responsibility


THE State’s peak business body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) says the so-called Forests Peace Deal is flawed because the overwhelming majority of people and organisations have been locked out of the process.


At the same time the State and Commonwealth Governments have walked away from their responsibility to lead and handed over the decision-making to unelected and unrepresentative groups, many that have primary allegiances to forces outside the State.

Appearing before the Legislative Select Committee... [read more]

 


Tuesday 8 January 2013

 

 

TCCI OFFERS BUSHFIRE RELIEF SUPPORT

 BUSINESSES and communities impacted by Tasmania’s disastrous bushfires are being offered immediate support by the State’s peak employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI).

The support includes workplace relations and human resource advice, business mentoring, business advice and assistance, as well as working closely with the Department of Economic Development to deliver these services and to facilitate additional services that may be required.

The TCCI was organising an immediate response and its services would be available to affected businesses free of charge. [Read more]


11 December 2012

LAUNCESTON CHIEF TO HEAD STATE's PEAK EMPLOYER BODY

The Executive Officer of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Michael Bailey has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the State’s peak business and employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI).

A former media and marketing executive, Mr Bailey has been Executive Officer of the Launceston Chamber for the past two years and was Marketing Manager at Federal Hotels’ Country Club Tasmania for the previous six years. [Read more]

 


10 December 2012

TASMANIAN JOBS PACKAGE A POSITIVE START

The State’s peak employer and business body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) says the jobs package announced today by Premier Lara Giddings represents a positive start in the task of revitalising the Tasmanian economy.

The TCCI says the package should assist employment creation and can help provide a much-needed confidence boost for business and the community.

Acting CEO and the TCCI’s Chief Economist Phil Bayley said a number of the initiatives announced by the Premier were...[Read more]

 


7 December 2012

TASMANIA WELL REPRESENTED AT COAG ON RED TAPE BURDEN 

THE State’s leading employer body the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and industry TCCI says the growing red tape burden on business is having a detrimental impact on productivity and jobs and has welcomed discussions at a national level to ease that burden.

TCCI, through its national body, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), participated in the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Forum (BAF) in Canberra yesterday as part of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting.

[Read more]

 


3 December 2012

TCCI LOOKS FOR NEW CEO

The TCCI Board has moved to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer to build the future vision for the organisation and work closely with the national Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other State Chambers to implement that vision.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) Neil MacKinnon is leaving the peak business body today.

TCCI Chairman Andrew Heap said Mr MacKinnon had guided the organisation through a difficult reorganisation of its financial and operational activities.

“He has achieved this and with a new Board has brought stability to the TCCI."

Mr Heap commended Mr MacKinnon on his service over the past nine months and said he had brought new transparency and efficiency to the TCCI’s operations.

[Read more]

 


21 November 2012

FORESTRY AGREEMENT SELLS OUT RESOURCE SECURITY

TASMANIA’S peak business and employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) says the forestry agreement does nothing for resource security in Tasmania.

The TCCI says it is basically a sell-out and has destroyed any chance of certainty for the forest industry.

The TCCI’s Chief Economist Phil Bayley said the agreement may deliver 137,000 cubic metres of sawlogs, but locks up an additional 560,000 hectares of Tasmanian forests in two tranches (including 399,000 hectares immediately). [Read more]



20 November 2012

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FAILS ON TRAWLER ISSUE

The State’s peak business and employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) said Government had failed business in its handling of the Abel Tasman / Margiris super trawler issue.

The TCCI says the Federal Government had not heeded its own expert advice, had ignored the principles of sovereign risk and was continuing to compound the situation by refusing to engage with the venture’s proponents Seafish Tasmania. [Read more]

 


19 November 2012

RECENT EVENTS HIGHLIGHT NEED TO TRUST THE EXPERTS

TASMANIA’S peak business and employer group, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) says that recent public events highlight the importance of sound decision making by all levels of government.

On Saturday in Burnie, disparate groups including State and local political leaders, union officials and local businesses, as well as thousands of Tasmanians, came together in support of mining in the north-west of the State. [Read more]

 


16 November 2012

TASMANIA's BUSINESS LEADER AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Awards Presentation to present the finalists and announce the winners of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s (TCCI) IOOF Tasmanian Business Leader Awards was held today in Hobart at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Federation Ballroom.


TCCI CEO Neil MacKinnon said “The awards recognised outstanding leadership amongst Tasmania’s Business Managers and their contribution to growing both the businesses they represent and the Tasmanian economy as a whole.” [Read more]

 


14 November 2012

NEW PROCESS TO ISSUING THE ‘APEC Business Travel Card’

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has changed their processes and procedures in relation to issuing the APEC Business Travel Card and has authorised the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) and their respective member chambers – including the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TCCI) - to become part of the new process.

The TCCI has been authorised by the Minister for Immigration & Citizenship to verify and certify that Tasmanian businesses are actively involved in international trade and investment within APEC economies. [Read more]



13 November 2012  

RIGHT STEPS BY GOVERNMENT TO REFORM UTILITIES AND PROVIDE PLANNING CERTAINTY

Tasmania’s peak industry group, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) has welcomed the State Government’s initiatives to reform electricity and water utilities and also to provide planning certainty for Parliament Square.

TCCI Chief Economist, Phil Bayley, said reforms to the State’s electricity supply industry, amalgamating the water corporations and introducing legislation to provide legal certainty for Hobart’s Parliament Square development were all steps in the right direction to improve conditions in Tasmania.

"The electricity supply industry has always been contentious and reforms are overdue," Mr Bayley said. [Read more]


12 November 2012  

TASMANIA's TOP BUSINESS LEADER FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Today the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) announced the finalists of this year’s IOOF Tasmanian Business Leader Awards. (TBLAs)

TCCI’s Marketing Manager Adrian Bold said the TBLAs are the State’s premier Award program that stands out to identify and recognise individual leaders who drive great businesses and organisations within Tasmania.

Mr Bold said whilst there has been a great deal of focus on the political and economic instability currently circling our island state, there exists an army of business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs who know that real change in Tasmania’s fortune must come from the true drivers of the economy, individuals within the business sector. [Read more]


31 October 2012

DECEMBER QUARTER RESULTS OF SURVEY OF BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS ANNOUNCED

THE latest authoritative survey of Tasmanian business expectations shows deteriorating business confidence and points to an economy in an anaemic state.

The State’s peak industry group, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI), has released the results of the Tasmanian Survey of Business Expectations today.

TCCI Chief Economist Mr Bayley said there were significant risks looking forward and business confidence was being undermined by poor decision-making at all levels of government. [Read more]


21 October 2012

BUSINESS CONFIDENCE IS BEING UNDERMINED BY GOVERNMENT DECISION-MAKING

TASMANIAN business has lost faith in government decision-making processes and this
is further undermining business confidence in the State.

This is the outcome of a survey undertaken by the peak business body, the Tasmanian
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI)... [read more]


18 October 2012

STRONG AND UNITED VOICE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

PEAK employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) says
the current difficult economic climate makes it more important than ever that business
has a strong and united voice to ensure good government decision-making and policy
outcomes.

Chief Executive Officer Neil MacKinnon said the TCCI was providing this voice for its
members and the business community in general through its advocacy on major policy
issues and ongoing representations to government at all levels... [read more]


17 October 2012

FORESTRY BUSINESSES MUST BE SUPPORTED

The State’s peak business and employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) is calling for the State Government to provide urgent financial support for viable Tasmanian forest industry businesses affected by the Gunns collapse.

The TCCI says momentum is building in the community forclear policies supporting resource security and improved consultation processes... [read more]


09 October 2012

CORRECT DECISION BY GOVERNMENT TO DISBAND TASMANIA TOGETHER

Tasmania’s peak business and employer body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) says it supports the State Government’s decision to disband the Tasmania Together Progress Board and strengthen its commitment to evidence-based policy making through the ‘Stats Matter’ initiative.

At the same time the TCCI recognises that this was a difficult decision as Tasmania Together has been a core part of the Government’s framework for community engagement for more than a decade. [Read more]

 
Thursday 17 January 2013
Forest peace deal flawed by locking out majority views and Governments
avoiding responsibility
THE State’s peak business body, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(TCCI) says the so-called Forests Peace Deal is flawed because the overwhelming
majority of people and organisations have been locked out of the process.
At the same time the State and Commonwealth Governments have walked away from
their responsibility to lead and handed over the decision-making to unelected and
unrepresentative groups, many that have primary allegiances to forces outside the
State.
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