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PIAA backs crossbenchers to deliver on power, tax, training and Australia Post

Friday, 30 November 2018
By Print 21 Online Article

Making mates in Canberra. Andrew Macaulay meets Scott Morrison, though crossbencher Bob Katter was never far away.

A week of intense Canberra lobbying to forward the Printing Industry Association’s core policy objectives on energy, vocational training and tax reform, saw Andrew Macaulay, CEO engage with a range of politicians including Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, and leading cross benchers.

His visit coincided with the Federal Government finally starting to address the crisis in vocational educational and training by appointing, former New Zealand tertiary education minister, Steven Joyce, to head a review of the sector. According to Macaulay, the subject was front and centre during his meeting with the Prime Minister.

“The printing industry is demanding a user-focused, relevant and modernised curriculum on a national basis. We want national funding and tax recognition of the contributions made by printers in taking on apprentices,” he said.

“Following the latest round of meetings in Canberra I am convinced we can rely on the crossbenches to support our policy objectives not only on education and training, but also on the need for lower tax and less compliance overheads for SME printers as well as lower energy costs.”

Among others Macaulay met with Bob Katter, David Leyonhjelm and Pauline Hanson to advance his agenda. He believes there is value in eliciting the support of the cross bench representatives and senators on behalf of the printing industry.

“I believe it’s vital to influence Government policy on cheaper and reliable energy and tax reform as well as more industry specific policies, such as reining in Australia Post. I want to turn up the heat on Australia Post to stop them raising prices whenever they feel like it. We need to make it clear to politicians on how damaging it is to the printing industry.”

The review of the vocational sector is the first since 1972 when the current TAFE system was virtually created. Since then training and vocational education has suffered a thousand cuts in privatisation and the dismemberment of the TAFE system. The Government is offering one-off payments of $4,000 to businesses that give jobs to those aged 21 to 24 years.

“The review will ensure Australians have the right skills to get a job,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said during a speech in Canberra on Wednesday night.

“I want even more Australians to get jobs, and that means ensuring they have the right skills to drive an even stronger economy.”

“It’s vital we influence Government policy.” Pauline Hanson is supportive of Andrew Macaulay’s lobbying.

4 Responses to “PIAA backs crossbenchers to deliver on power, tax, training and Australia Post”

  1. December 02, 2018 at 2:58 pm,


    We are very fortunate to have such a proactive and well-connected CEO such as Andrew Macaulay. Don’t underestimate the influence these cross benchers he is meeting with can have for our industries benefit.

  2. December 03, 2018 at 5:19 pm,


    This article will make for interesting reading come 30/6/2019.

  3. December 04, 2018 at 11:46 am,

    What Next

    Is it now Loraine Cassin steps in with her amwu/cfmeu over paid nobody’s and totally destroys it all ?

  4. December 05, 2018 at 2:56 pm,


    Agreed, Banksy – the proof will be in the lobbying pudding.

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