On Wednesday, Caravan Industry Association of Australia Chairperson Grant Wilckens had the opportunity to sit down with The Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Leader of The Nationals in Sydney.
The meeting was an opportunity for Mr Wilckens to highlight some of issues impacting the caravan and camping industry including the Road Vehicle Standards Act, proposals to change the Australian Consumer Law and the Caravan Industry’s Coexist initiative.
Mr Wilckens and his team commended the Deputy Prime Minister on the 2018 Federal Budget initiatives for small businesses including:
- Extension of instant asset write-off
- The extension of the turnover threshold eligible for the 27.5% tax rate from $25m to $50m.
- $300 million National Partnership on Regulatory Reform with the States to remove unnecessary regulatory barriers (for example, a cartage issue where three caravans can not be carted through NSW whereas in QLD and VIC they can, and the need for physical electrical certificates in SA when they are not required in VIC where the product is built).
Following the conclusion of a meeting, Caravan Industry Association of Australia co-sponsored a national address on the Government’s recent Budget.
Following his speech, the Deputy Prime Minister took part in a Q&A session with James Pearson, CEO of ACCI and National Party Chief Whip and Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry hosted by Kieran Gilbert from Sky News.
At the conclusion of the Q&A, Mr Wilckens also delivered the vote of thanks.