Fabled broadcaster Alan Jones has joined independent City of Sydney Councillor Angela Vithoulkas on her podcast The Brew to discuss the lack of Government support small businesses are currently receiving.
The 2GB radio giant was extremely critical of the Government’s assistance and understanding of small businesses during the ongoing disruptions caused by Light Rail constructions in the Sydney CBD.
“They [the Government] know nothing about your business, and they don’t want to know. They’ve never been here. Go away I say to them.
“All [small business owners] are trying to do is make a quid and pay taxes, which will make the government stronger anyway.
“Get out of our lives. Go away. Close the joint down and we’ll be better off.”
Jones was also outspoken about the number of hoops small business owners are forced to jump through to comply with Government regulations.
“Everywhere you turn there has to be a license. What on earth for? It’s to keep this mob on Macquarie St and [their] bloated bureaucracy employed.
“They live off the hard work of the bloke who’s rolling his sleeves up every day trying to make a quid.”
The 76-year-old media mogul recently appeared at a meeting of the Light Rail Business and Resident Action Group hosted by Vithoulkas, who has been leading the fight for effected businesses. Jones has also been vocal about the issue on his breakfast show.
He was again condemning of the Government’s lack of reaction to businesses severely struggling as a result of the Light Rail.
“A good politician is where the problem is. Well the problem’s here and they still haven’t been here.”
To listen to Alan Jones’ full interview with Councillor Angela Vithoulkas, listen to Episode 21 of The Brew podcast here.