Steve Cansdell announces he is running as a candidate for the seat of Clarence as a member of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party.
Steve Cansdell announces he is running as a candidate for the seat of Clarence as a member of the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party. Adam Hourigan

Candidates differ over payroll tax stance

A CLARENCE candidate for the NSW election says an ALP decision to abandon payroll tax reform was amazing.

The Shooters, Farmers and Fishers party candidate for Clarence, Steve Cansdell, said he was amazed by the decision of NSW Labor to abandon planned payroll tax reform.

"The decision by NSW Opposition Leader Michael Daley to abandon the promised payroll tax relief for small businesses makes no sense at all," he said.

"It's bad enough the Coalition has maintained payroll tax, now we've got Labor saying they're basically going to increase it for our struggling small businesses.

"As it's looking more and more like a hung parliament in NSW, I along with my SFF parliamentary colleagues, will be pressing the government of the day to abolish payroll tax in rural and regional NSW."

"Local businesses like Harwood Marine, Farmer Lou's, Big River Timbers and Northern Co-operative Meat Company at Casino, as well as many other small to medium businesses in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys will all benefit from abolishing payroll tax."

However, Trent Gilbert, the Country Labor candidate for Clarence, today supported the NSW Shadow Treasurer, Ryan Park, in his stance on not implementing the payroll tax changes proposed by the Liberal/Nationals.

He said 90 per cent of businesses in NSW did not pay payroll tax.

"As Shadow Treasurer Ryan Park said, the Liberal/Nationals are not leaving our State budget in good shape," he said.

"Our policy should not be dictated to by the NSW Business Chamber, which has pushed for the great privatisation push by the NSW Liberal/Nationals which has put so much pressure on families and individuals in this electorate.

"In Clarence we need essential services not the NSW Business Chamber bossing us around."

Who will you vote for in the seat of Clarence at the 2019 NSW Election?

This poll ended on 22 March 2019.

Current Results

STEVE CANSDELL - Shooters, Fishers and Farmers

31%

GREG CLANCY - Greens

4%

TRENT GILBERT - Labor

21%

CHRIS GULAPTIS - Nationals

29%

THOM KOTIS - Sustainable Australia

0%

DEBRAH NOVAK - Independent

12%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.