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Business goes missing on campaign: senator

AAP logoAAP 16/08/2016

A Liberal senator has criticised business leaders for refusing to campaign like trade unions, saying they'll never win policy battles without taking up the fight.

James Paterson highlighted the lack of public support from the business community during the recent federal election campaign for the coalition's plan to cut the corporate tax rate, querying what would get them out campaigning if not that.

"Unions campaign, and environmental groups campaign, and social justice organisations campaign. If the (Business Council of Australia) isn't going to campaign, then they're going to continue to lose and their members are going to continue to suffer because of it," Senator Paterson told Sky News.

Victorian Liberal Party president Michael Kroger said business groups were decades out of date in their approach to public debate.

"Just sending a press release to the Financial Review isn't the way of campaigning any more," he said.

"It's 20 years out of date this view that we'll just send a press release and have a meeting with Scott Morrison or Malcolm Turnbull and say you ought to increase the GST, you ought to do this, you ought to do that."

The Business Council should learn from the approach of groups such as GetUp! and marriage equality advocates, Mr Kroger said.

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