Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Simpson Gives Up Her Seat; Speaker's New Standing Orders at Local Newsagency

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Simpson Gives Up Her Seat; Speaker's New Standing Orders at Local Newsagency

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Byline: Rebecca Marshall

MEMBER for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson is swapping her comfy parliamentary Speaker's chair for a standing spot behind the counter at a Cotton Tree newsagency this week.

She's getting her hands dirty at the coalface as part of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland's inaugural Pollies for Small Business initiative.

It's Small Business Week this week and the aim is to encourage people to spend their dollars in their own backyard.

"We want to see the local economy thrive and more jobs for local residents," Ms Simpson said.

"The heroes of our Sunshine Coast economy are small business. They are the ones who are responsible for creating an extra 12,000 jobs in the last 12 months on the Sunshine Coast.

"Small businesses employ local people, support our schools, sports and community groups and drive our local economies, so it's up to us to make sure our dollars are put to good use to keep our local communities thriving. …

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