Government must move forward after spill motion and ‘get on with the job of doing business’

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) congratulates Tony Abbott on retaining his position as Prime Minister after this morning’s failed spill motion in Canberra but insists the government must now do all it can to restore the nation’s confidence.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said the government must regain focus and get on with the job of doing business.

“We are pleased that this morning’s outcome means Australia doesn’t have to witness the revolving-door style of leadership that we have experienced with past governments. At the end of the day, however, we needa sound economic path that improves productivity and certainty and it is imperative that the government learns from today’s events and does all it can to restore stability.

“The ARA asks that the economy and small business are put at the forefront of the government’s action plan, and we also ask that the senate does all that it can to assist with legislation processes moving forward.

“We have every hope that with the government resorting stability and supporting business, retailers and consumers alike will be able to enjoy a heightened sense of confidence in 2015,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Since 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has been the peak industry body representing Australia’s $265 billion retail sector, which employs over 1.2 million people. The ARA ensures retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 5,000 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. Visit or call 1300 368 041.


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