Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (13:28): Today I rise to express my relief that the taxi and hire car industry will be eligible for the $5000 business grants as part of the government’s business costs assistance program.
This is a huge win for this industry.
The taxi and hire car industry has faced financial devastation throughout these lockdowns, and with JobKeeper no longer in place from the commonwealth government, support is even more critical. Since the onset of the latest lockdown I have been working hard to have the industry recognised in this support package.
Providing this support is absolutely critical to maintaining the financial viability of taxi operators and hire car operators who provide an essential service to the community. This will ensure that wheelchair-accessible vehicles can stay on the road and will help regional communities keep their vital taxi services.
This is why I came to this place: I have made my life’s work in the taxi and hire car industry, and for a long time we have seen our experiences, interests and opinions ignored.
To see the struggles faced by these small businesses recognised in this support package speaks volumes.
This is laying the foundation for a pathway forward for the industry as we come out of this pandemic.