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Greens help small businesses flourish

The Australian Greens launched a plan to help Queensland's small businesses flourish at a locally owned Brisbane florist today.

"The Greens are proposing a company tax rate cut from 30% to 28% for companies with turnovers of less than $2 million dollars, changes to depreciation write-offs and strengthening the role of the national Small Business Commissioner," Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters said.

"In Queensland there are more than 400 000 small businesses which will benefit from our plan.

"While the old parties take the small business sector for granted, we are offering small business a bigger tax cut than the Liberals and Labor because the Greens recognise small businesses deserve more support," Senator Waters said.

Australian Greens lead Senate candidate for Queensland, Adam Stone, said he was proud to be running for the party standing up for small business.

"Small business owners are at the heart of our economy, providing jobs to almost half the workforce.

"While the old parties pander to the demands of the big banks and the big miners the Greens will continue to stand up for the real engine-room of our economy - small businesses," Mr Stone said.

Greens candidate for Griffith and small business owner, Geoff Ebbs, said: "Griffith has many ethical businesses that source locally, such as Flowers of the World, which will flourish under the Greens policies.

"Nationally, over 12 per cent of the membership of the Council of Small Business of Australia votes Green," Mr Ebbs said.

For media contact:

Senator Waters - Monique Vandeleur 0419 626 725
Adam Stone - 0417 629 852
Kate Dennehy - Qld Greens Media Adviser - 0422 294 771

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