Cairns gains voice at highest level
CAIRNS lawyer Brett Moller has become one of the most powerful business leaders in Queensland.
He has been appointed chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Industry Queensland's new policy board and also remains the chamber's vice-chairman of its governance board.
Mr Moller and his 14-member board will be key lobbyists and advocates for business at state and federal government level.
They will be placing pressure on all sides of politics in the lead-up to this year's federal election.
"The policy board has been created to provide a renewed focus on the issues affecting Queensland's business community and to lead the formulation of policies to address those issues," he said.
The board will consist of seven regional policy chairpeople and seven industry representatives covering agriculture, resources, construction, tourism, manufacturing, finance, property and health.
"They will work in unison to raise business issues with the State Government and opposition and work to provide solutions of benefit to the state's business community," Mr Moller said.
He also sits on the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry board which ensures Queensland business has a seat at the table on national issues.
"This increased emphasis will allow CCIQ, as Queensland's peak business body, to be a leading voice in the run-up to the next federal election," Mr Moller said.
"During the election campaign CCIQ will seek commitments from all sides of politics to support small and medium businesses, which are the engine room of the nation's economy."
Mr Moller said during the election campaign CCIQ would focus on workplace productivity, tax and finance reform, red tape reduction and better infrastructure.
"The chamber organisation and structure allows grass-roots feedback from regional and capital city local chambers, through to our state policy board and up to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry board and policy units, giving it strength and relevance as the voice for business across the country," he said.
"We are strong advocates for our membership to all levels of government seeking better policy outcomes for business."
CCIQ chief executive officer Stephen Tait said the Queensland chamber had increased the focus on advocating for a better business environment.
He said the chamber was apolitical but would lobby all levels of government for the benefit of its 30,000 member businesses.
Mr Tait said Mr Moller, a partner in Marino Moller Lawyers, was "an obvious choice" as policy board chairman.
He is chairman of the Far North Queensland Ports Corporation and an inaugural committee member for Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait.
He is chairman of the CCIQ's Far North Queensland Policy Council.
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Positive action: CCIQ's policy chief Brett Moller (left) and CEO Stephen Tait. Picture: STEWART MCLEAN