40,000 jobs promised: Coalition

FORTY-THOUSAND jobs will be created in rural and regional areas under a NSW Liberals and Nationals government.

That's according to Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell, who said enabling people to stay in areas like ours, or allowing those who live in the city to move here, would be a windfall for the local economy.

Mr Cansdell said the employment creation strategy was part of the NSW Liberals and Nationals' economic growth plan, with new jobs to be created through payroll tax rebates, with $4000 to be paid per full-time job and pro rata for part-time jobs.

He said also under the plan, businesses in the Clarence and Richmond valleys would see a sharp drop in red tape with a “one-on, two-off” rule, which would see two regulations scrapped for every new piece of regulation introduced.

“The NSW Liberals and Nationals will seek to reduce red tape by 20% in the Government's first term,” Mr Cansdell said.

“Day-in, day-out, one of the big challenges businesses face was unnecessary paperwork.

“Our one-on, two-off rule will cover the whole of government, and if a new piece of regulation did appear before Cabinet it will be accompanied by a business impact statement.

“The government needs to understand the cost to business that new rules will have and whether they will help our businesses to grow and prosper, or be a hindrance, because if they are a hindrance, they have to go.”

Mr Cansdell said it was clear there were regulations in NSW which needed to be scrapped.

He said sensible regulation would stay but anything that was surplus or got in the way of jobs, investment or growth would go.

Mr Cansdell said the economic growth plan would also abolish Labor's $429 million land transfer tax, commit $49 million in additional funding to try to double the tourism industry by 2020, appoint a small business commissioner and improve infrastructure.

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